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John Clare, Politics and Poetry

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 1-11
  3. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 12-34
  4. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 35-55
  5. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 71-93
  6. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 94-111
  7. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 112-134
  8. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 135-166
  9. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 167-187
  10. Alan D. Vardy
    Pages 188-190
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 191-221

About this book


John Clare, Politics and Poetry challenges the traditional portrait of 'poor John Clare', the helpless victim of personal and professional circumstance. Clare's career has been presented as a disaster of editorial heavy-handedness, condescension, a poor market, and conservative patronage. Yet Clare was not a passive victim. 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 the day.


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About the authors

ALAN D. VARDY is an Assistant Professor of English at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and previously held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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