John Clare, Politics and Poetry

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John Clare Society, Oct 16, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 221 pages
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John Clare, Politics and Poetry challenges the traditional portrait of 'poor John Clare', the helpless victim of personal and professional circumstance. Clare's career has been presented as a disaster of editorial heavy-handedness, condescension, a poor market, and conservative patronage. Yet Clare was not a passive victim. This study explores the sources of the 'poor Clare' tradition, and recovers Clare's agency, revealing a writer fully engaged in his own professional life and in the social and political questions of the day.

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ALAN D. VARDY is an Assistant Professor of English at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and previously held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.