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The marginalization of John Clare's poetry, despite renewed interest in Romanticism and the literature of madness, is still an enigma. This important collection of new critical essays provides a welcome reappraisal in the wake of Clare's bicentenary, and will be a landmark in the history of his reception. It includes chapters on landscape and botany, Clare's politics, his madness, Clare and the critics, and a remarkable essay by Seamus Heaney on Clare's importance as a poetic precursor.

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ISBN-13: 9780521020893
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/06/2005
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.59(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Notes on contributors; Introduction: relocating John Clare Hugh Haughton and Adam Phillips; Clare and the critics Mark Storey; Progress and rhyme: 'The Nightingale's Nest' and Romantic poetry Hugh Haughton; John Clare: the trespasser John Goodridge and Kelsey Thornton; John Clare: precursor? Seamus Heaney; Clare's politics John Lucas; The exposure of John Clare Adam Phillips; 'The Riddle Nature Could Not Prove': hidden landscapes in Clare's poetry Nicholas Birns; Beyond the visionary company: John Clare's resistance to Romanticism James McKusick; 'A Love for Every Simple Weed': Clare, botany and the poetic language of lost Eden Douglas Chambers; All madness for writing: John Clare and the asylum Roy Porter; Clare and 'the dark system' Marilyn Gaull; Selected further reading; Index.

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