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John Clare and the Place of Poetry

Mina Gorji

Abstract

Traditional accounts of Romantic and nineteenth-century poetry have depicted John Clare as a peripheral figure, an ‘original genius’ whose talents set him apart from the mainstream of contemporary literary culture. But in recent years there has been a major shift of direction in Clare studies. Jonathan Bate, Zachary Leader and others have helped to show that Clare, far from being an isolated genius, was deeply involved in the rich cultural life both of his village and the metropolis. This study takes impetus from this new critical direction, offering an account of his poems as they relate to t ... More

Keywords: Romantic poetry, John Clare, literary culture, Johnathan Bate, Zachary Leader, genius, cultural life, language, style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311635
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315381

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mina Gorji, author