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.
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