Reading Romantic Clare

  • Adam White


This chapter summarises Clare’s reading of the work of his Romantic contemporaries – chiefly those four poets with whom he is most poetically comparable: Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, and Burns. Attending to the works of these poets that Clare knew and his recorded statements about them helps to establish why and how these writers were particularly important at broadly taken periods of Clare’s writing career. The poems that Clare wrote directly about three of his contemporaries, Wordsworth, Byron, and Keats, are analysed in this chapter, which is also devoted to reading some of Clare’s most identifiably Romantic poems, and thus preparing key contexts for the rest of the book.

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

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