John Harris

(1820—1884) poet and miner

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(1820–84) Cornish poet and miner, born at Bollenowe, near Camborne, who published several volumes of poetry celebrating his native landscapes, including Lays from the Mine, the Moor and the Mountains (1853) and A Story of Carn Brea (1863). Songs from the Earth, a selection (1977), has an introduction by D. M. Thomas which saw a ‘Romantic visionary quality which breathes life into an Augustan vocabulary’.

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