John Clare

John Clare

  1. Peasant Poet, 1793-1864
    1. Compared to Robert Burns
    2. Colloquial / Dialectic Language
    3. Readers coming to see Clare working on field
  2. Mary Joyce
    1. Met in school, became Clare’s muse
    2. Title person of “To Mary”
  3. Enclosure
    1. Looking at the line where sky met the land
    2. Horizon
  4. “Rememberance”
    1. “Words are poor receipts for whiat time hath stole away/ The ancient pulpit trees and the play”
      1. Words are of its own values that are irreplaceable
      2. They may be “poor receipts” but they are the evidence of this happening
      3. “Words capturing the moment” – but Clare states honestly here, no they don’t and can’t fully re-envision the moment
  5. Craving for Childhood
  6. Quest for Freedom?
  7. Becoming a significant poet
    1. But for what reason?
      1. Recalling Wordsworth’s “Shades of prison-house begin to close / Upon the growing Boy” –> Language as a limiting institution, but Clare is able to write outside of the law of language
    2.  Generated Grammar – the right and wrong way of speaking: constraining freedom of expression

Texts are written in response to other texts

Stimulating experience! But it impoverish you

The way we privilege language: imposing our understanding of the rest of the world

Shutting off the creativity that resides in other creatures

Romanticists are among the first ones to attempt harmonizing the force of creation (Homocentric)


Shifting from the public voice and private voice

Where “I” begins is where the Romanticism starts

If the “I” is too dominant, the community is too weakened

If the “I” is too weak, the community takes control


Nothing that is created is ever lost – We Are Seven

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