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.
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