Clares Lyric: John Clare and Three Modern Poets

Hardcover | May 10, 2014

byStephanie Kuduk Weiner

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This book considers the lyric poems written by John Clare and three twentieth-century poets - Arthur Symons, Edmund Blunden, and John Ashbery - who turned to him at pivotal moments in their own development. These writers crafted a distinctive mode of lyric, "Clare's lyric", that emphaticallygrounds its truth claims in mimetic accuracy. For these writers, accurate representation involves not only words that name objects, describe scenes, and create images pointing to a shared reality but also patterns of sound, the syntactic organization of lines, and the shapes of whole poems andcollections of poems. Their works masterfully investigate how poetic language and form can refer to the world, word by word, line by line, and poem by poem.Written in a lively and accessible style, Clare's Lyric sheds light on a richly diverse body of poems and on enduring questions about how literature represents reality. Weiner's attentive close readings bring the writings of Clare, Symons, Blunden, and Ashbery to life by revealing precisely how theycaptured a vital, arresting, and complex world in their poems. Their unique approach to lyric is traced from Clare's poems about birdsong, his sonnets, and his later poems of loss and absence to Symons's efforts to make "amends to nature" Blunden's vivid depictions of a European and Englishcountryside scarred by the First World War, and Ashbery's unbounded and bountiful landscapes. This inventive study refines our understanding of the aesthetic of Romanticism, the genre of lyric, and the practice of literary representation, and it makes a compelling case for the ongoing importance ofpoems about nature and social life.

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This book considers the lyric poems written by John Clare and three twentieth-century poets - Arthur Symons, Edmund Blunden, and John Ashbery - who turned to him at pivotal moments in their own development. These writers crafted a distinctive mode of lyric, "Clare's lyric", that emphaticallygrounds its truth claims in mimetic accuracy....

Stephanie Kuduk Weiner teaches British literature in the English Department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Women's Studies from the University of Minnesota, and her doctorate in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. Her first book was Republ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:May 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199688028

ISBN - 13:9780199688029

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IntroductionPart I: Clare's lyric technique1. Sound, language, and the lyric subject in the middle period poems2. Form and structure: the sonnets3. Representing absence: time, place, and the language of poetry in the asylum poemsPart II: Clare's lyric in the twentieth century4. Arthur Symons: mimesis after aestheticism5. Edmund Blunden: no man's land6. John Ashbery: an impossible calque of reality