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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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Rustic Spenserian

Rustic Spenserian

(p.77) Chapter Four Rustic Spenserian
John Clare and the Place of Poetry
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the influence of Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes Calender on John Clare's The Shepherd's Calendar. It explains that Spenser's work established a new kind of English pastoral and analyzes how Clare's version revived invigorated the Spenserian pastoral tradition. It also considers the place of Clare's work in the print culture of its time and suggests that it helped refashioned Spenser's reputation as a popular poet.

Keywords:   The Shepherd's Calendar, John Clare, Shepheardes Calender, Edmund Spenser, English pastoral, print culture

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