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John Clare, politics, and poetry

Author: Alan D Vardy
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
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"John Clare, Politics and Poetry provides an important challenge to traditional readings of Clare's poetry and career, Clare has been read as the victim both of editorial neglect and heavy-handedness, and of historical circumstance. He suffered from agricultural enclosure and a declining market for poetry. While subject to external forces Clare nonetheless saw himself as an active participant in shaping his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Clare; John Clare; John Clare; John Clare; John Clare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan D Vardy
ISBN: 0333966171 9780333966174
OCLC Number: 52040805
Description: ix, 221 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface Introduction Clare's 'Minorness' Viewing and Reviewing 'Grammar in Learning is like Tyranny in Government' 'The Cottager's Friend' 'Medlars' The Marketplace The Natural Histories of Helpstone Clare, Cobbett and 'Captain Swing' Epilogue: Clare's Agency Notes Index
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This study explores the sources of the "poor Clare" tradition, and recovers Clare's agency, revealing a writer fully engaged in his own professional life and in the social and political questions of  Read more...

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