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The Shepherd's Calendar

John Clare

Edited by Tim Chilcott

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Categories: 19th Century
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (272 pages)
(Pub. Nov 2006)
9781857548914
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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 woodcuts by Carry Akroyd, evoking the natural and human landscapes about which Clare wrote.

    View artwork by Carry Akroyd at www.carryakroyd.co.uk.
    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 ... read more
    Tim Chilcott
    Tim Chilcott has maintained a life-time interest in English Romantic literature, particularly the work of John Clare, about whom he has written extensively. He has published widely on Clare and Romanticism, including 'A real world & doubting mind': a Critical Study of the Poetry of John Clare (University of Hull Press, ... read more
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