17/08/2012 at 19:17
Another garden and environment which certainly shaped English Literature is John Clare's Cottage and garden at Helpston http://www.clarecottage.org/pages/Gardens
It gives reality to our understanding of life as it was lived in John Clare's days, with straw mattresses on the floor and a never-ending family of children filling a tiny space. What appears to us now as a home of calm simplicity must have been full of life, noise, children and never ending household tasks.
But the garden .... the garden is wonderful, full of plants, herbs and flowers grown at the time, and reveals just a little of the reason that John Clare had the countryside coursing through his veins.