John Harris, "The Fall of Slavery"John Harris was born in 1820 in Bolenowe, a small village not far from Camborne, in Cornwall. His father was a miner at Dolcoath Tin Mine where young John also started at the age of 10. he began writing poetry as a child, usually in the open air where he was inspired by nature. After 20 years working in the mine, one of his poems was eventually published in a magazine. It attracted notice, and he was encouraged to produce a collection, which was published in 1853. Shortly after, he obtained a position as a Scripture Reader in Falmouth, where he stayed until his death in 1884. He published several volumes of poetry, including his masterpiece, the loco-descriptive poem Carn Brea. None of his poetry is now in print, but I am making a selection available on my Cornish Poetry page. This poem was written during the emancipation of the slaves in the 1830s and demonstrates both Harris's belief in liberty, and his deep spirituality.
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