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The Shepherd's Calendar

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For the first time in nearly 180 years, this is a book that presents, side by side, two major versions of one of John Clare's most celebrated poems, "The Shepherd's Calendar". The final manuscripts of the poem that Clare composed are placed against the published version in a parallel text; and some fascinating poetic differences, as well as similarities, between the two versions emerge. These changes and continuities are examined in a challenging introduction that charts the development of the poem, and that explores the imaginative strengths of both versions, as well as their limitations. The presentation of this material is enhanced by a series of beautiful linocuts by Carry Akroyd, evoking the natural and human landscapes about which Clare wrote.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 20mm | 340.2g
  • Carcanet Press Ltd
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1857548914
  • 9781857548914
  • 628,498

About John Clare

John Clare (1793-1864): Born the son of a thresher at Helpston, Northamptonshire, John Clare is a rural poet and story teller. He is a poet of spiritual originality, as compelling at his best as Crabbe and Wordsworth as a story teller in verse. He was an assiduous practitioner of the sonnet form at all periods of his poetic career. The sonnets he produced in the last few years before his institutionalisation in 1837, first at High Beech and then in Northampton General Asylum, are of particular interest, since he exploited the inherent brevity of the form to express a simultaneous precision of observation and starkness of vision that he rarely achieved either before or after.show more

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