John Clare: Poems of the Middle Period, 1822-1837

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OUP Oxford, 1996 - Literary Collections - 858 pages
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Completing the influential Oxford edition of Clare's collected poems, this volume presents the poems of the Northborough period of Clare's creativity. As with other volumes in the edition, many of the poems have never before been published, and Clare's spelling, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary have all been carefully preserved. This final volume also includes corrections to the texts, variants, and notes in previously-published volumes in the series, along with a cumulative glossary and cumulative indices of first-lines and titles that will assist readers in their use of the edition as a whole. Clare's poetry deals not only with his own countryside, but also with its ceremonies and celebrations, its customs and games, its political, economic, and religious concerns, its proverbs, tales, and songs - indeed, with all aspects of its popular culture. The poems of the Northborough period are some of Clare's best work, demonstrating a particularly concise vision of Clare's experience of Nature.

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Explanatory Notes
Corrections and Additional Versions of Poems
Consolidated Glossary
Consolidated Index of Titles
Consolidated Index of First Lines
Index of Titles for Volume V

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About the author (1996)

Eric Robinson was a Professor of Modern History, University of Massachussetts at Boston (1970-97). David Powell is a Retired Technical Services Librarian, Nene College, Northampton. P.M.S. Dawson is a Lecturer in English Language and Literature, University of Manchester.