The Early Poems of John Clare 1804-1822: Volume I

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJohn ClareEditorEric Robinson, David Powell

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For the first time all Clare's early poems are brought together with all known variants, and with Clare's characteristic vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation preserved. Through this collection, ranging from juvenilia to the published poems that first established his reputation withPoems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery and The Village Minstrel, it becomes clear how many more poems Clare composed in these early years than have previously seen the light of day. Strenuous efforts have been made to recover poems obliterated in some of Clare's first manuscripts, and the complete text of The Parish, his major satirical poem, is included. A glossary is provided for both volumes, together with extensive annotation. Clare's own dating of his first poems isemployed and every attempt has been made to establish a reliable chronology. This edition provides the first reliable basis for a new assessment of Clare's poetic growth, allowing his increasing assurance as a poet writing in a characteristic idiom of his own to be traced, and demonstrating how surprisingly early his individuality as a poet emerged.

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It is a miracle that John Clare ever became a poet. Everything was against him: an illiterate mother and barely literate father, agricultural poverty in a small village on the fringes of Northamptonshire, a strictly hierarchical society made more rigid by the tyranny of parish officials, and schooling limited to a dame-school and a nea...

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For the first time all Clare's early poems are brought together with all known variants, and with Clare's characteristic vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation preserved. Through this collection, ranging from juvenilia to the published poems that first established his reputation withPoems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery a...

John Clare (1793-1864) was an English poet, in his time commonly known as "the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet", the son of a farm labourer, born at Helpston near Peterborough. Eric Robinson is at University of Massachusetts. David Powell is at Nene College, Northampton.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:634 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.61 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198123140

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It is a miracle that John Clare ever became a poet. Everything was against him: an illiterate mother and barely literate father, agricultural poverty in a small village on the fringes of Northamptonshire, a strictly hierarchical society made more rigid by the tyranny of parish officials, and schooling limited to a dame-school and a nearby parish classroom, an education sporadic and incomplete.

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'Admirers of Clare, increased in number as a direct result of Eric Robinson's and his team's tireless efforts, will eagerly pore over the fine print of these texts, and just as eagerly await the next instalment of this mammoth project.'Mark Story, University of Birmingham, Notes and Queries, March 1991