I believd I could see heaven by looking into the water.
I wrote my thesis on the bird poems of John Clare for no better reason than that John Clare was my brother’s favourite poet and after his death a year or so earlier I had inherited many of his books including John Clare: Bird Poems published by the Folio Society with illustrations by Thomas Bewick. Oh, and I also liked birds.
I ended up liking John Clare very much indeed too. He was mad of course.