John Clare

Nature, Criticism and History

  • Simon Kövesi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Simon Kövesi
    Pages 1-77
  3. Simon Kövesi
    Pages 79-126
  4. Simon Kövesi
    Pages 127-159
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-266

About this book


This book investigates what it is that makes John Clare’s poetic vision so unique, and asks how we use Clare for contemporary ends. It explores much of the criticism that has appeared in response to his life and work, and asks hard questions about the modes and motivations of critics and editors. Clare is increasingly regarded as having been an environmentalist long before the word appeared; this book investigates whether this ‘green’ rush to place him as a radical proto-ecologist does any disservice to his complex positions in relation to social class, work, agriculture, poverty and women. This book attempts to unlock Clare’s own theorisations and practices of what we might now call an ‘ecological consciousness’, and works out how his ‘ecocentric’ mode might relate to that of other Romantic poets. Finally, this book asks how we might treat Clare as our contemporary while still being attentive to the peculiarities of his unique historical circumstances


Ecological Consciousness Romantic poets Ecocentrism Poetry

Authors and affiliations

  • Simon Kövesi
    • 1
  1. 1.Oxford Brookes University OxfordUnited Kingdom

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