John Clare's Romanticism

  • Adam White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Critical Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-28
    3. Adam White
      Pages 29-64
  3. Aesthetic Categories and Creative Faculties

  4. Imaginative Participations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
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      Pages 241-266
  5. The Love Lyric

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
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      Pages 269-293
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
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      Pages 297-301
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-332

About this book


This book offers a major reassessment of John Clare’s poetry and his position in the Romantic canon. Alert to Clare’s knowledge of the work of his Romantic contemporaries and near contemporaries, it puts forward the first extended series of comparisons of Clare’s poetry with texts we now think of as defining the period – in particular poems by Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and John Keats. It makes fully evident Clare’s original contribution to the aesthetic culture of the age by analysing how he explores a wide range of concerns and preoccupations which are central to, and especially privileged in, Romantic-period poetics, including ‘fancy’, the sublime, childhood, ruins, joy, ‘poesy’, and a love lyric marked by a peculiar self-consciousness about sincere expression. At the heart of this book is the claim that the hitherto under-scrutinised subjective stances, transcendent modes, and abstract qualities of Clare’s lyric poetry situate him firmly within, and as fundamentally part of, Romanticism, at the same time as his writing constitutes a distinctive contribution to one of the most fascinating eras of English literature.


Poetry Nature Writing Ecocriticism William Wordsworth John Keats Lord Byron

Authors and affiliations

  • Adam White
    • 1
  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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