POETRY FRIDAY: John Clare’s “Autumn” Read by Richard Burton



Posted by Elaine Magliaro


By John Clare (1793-1864)

The thistledown’s flying, though the winds are all still,
On the green grass now lying, now mounting the hill,
The spring from the fountain now boils like a pot;
Through stones past the counting it bubbles red-hot.

The ground parched and cracked is like overbaked bread,
The greensward all wracked is, bents dried up and dead.
The fallow fields glitter like water indeed,
And gossamers twitter, flung from weed unto weed.

Hill-tops like hot iron glitter bright in the sun,
And the rivers we’re eying burn to gold as they run;
Burning hot is the ground, liquid gold is the air;
Whoever looks round sees Eternity there.


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3 Responses to POETRY FRIDAY: John Clare’s “Autumn” Read by Richard Burton

  1. yasniger says:

    Reblogged this on yasniger and commented:
    The Voice holds you firmly and thrusts your entire being into the force of the words….. Delightful

  2. Norma Desmond may have lamented, “We did not need dialogue. We had FACES.” I remember when actors had VOICES….Gregory Peck, James Mason, Peter O’Toole, Spenser Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, and Richard Burton……very nice.

  3. Rose Red says:

    What a treat this morning, thank you. You had me at Richard Burton. But then the poem- a lovely poem about my favourite season, and I did not know this one. Thanks.

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