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John Clare and the Place of Poetry$
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Mina Gorji

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311635

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315381

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Artfully Artless

Artfully Artless

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(p.15) Chapter One Artfully Artless
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John Clare and the Place of Poetry
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846311635.003.0002

This chapter examines John Clare's first published poem collection titled Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery. It explains that Clare was initially known as the ‘Northamptonshire peasant’ and describes how he was presented by his editors and reviewers. It also describes the artful and sometimes awkward ways in which Clare positioned himself in the literary landscape and discusses how he engaged with and challenged the readers' expectations of him as a peasant poet.

Keywords:   John Clare, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, Northamptonshire peasant, peasant poet, literary landscape, readers' expectations

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