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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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Village Minstrel

Village Minstrel

(p.57) Chapter Three Village Minstrel
John Clare and the Place of Poetry
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This chapter examines John Clare's poem The Village Minstrel. It discusses Clare's influences in writing this poem, including Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen, James Beattie's Minstrel and William Shenstone's Schoolmistress. This chapter also analyses Clare's creative engagements with the conventions of writing in Spenserian stanzas and considers how he worked within and against established literary models. It also compares Clare's poem with those of Spenser, Beattie and Shenstone.

Keywords:   The Village Minstrel, John Clare, poems, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen, James Beattie, Minstrel, William Shentone, Schoolmistress, Spenserian stanzas

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