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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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The Place of Poetry

The Place of Poetry

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(p.97) Chapter Five The Place of Poetry
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John Clare and the Place of Poetry
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846311635.003.0006

This chapter examines John Clare's creative transformations of religious writing and the Psalms in one of his finest poems, To the Snipe. It discusses the religious language of the poem and traces network of echoes and allusions to the Psalms and also to the writings of other poets including John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe and William Cowper. It also suggests that this poem was influenced by Clare's own physical and emotional displacement and that he was able to express a desire peace and perfect belonging in this work.

Keywords:   John Clare, To the Snipe, religious writing, Psalms, John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, William Cowper, emotional displacement

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