'*Clare echoes J. G. Lockhart's ',On the Cockney School of Poetry," B1acku)oodS Edinburgh Magazine (August 1818) in English Romantic Writers, ed. David Perkins (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1967), p. 1249.1,ike Lockhart, Clare finds John Keats's neoclassicisrn egregious; but for Clare, Keats's want of obserzlation counts more than any alleged defects of education.
The impulse to dispossess creatures emblematic in the extremity of their diffidence and lowliness parallels the post-Linnaean craze to isolate and acquire specimens, to hang them on taxonomic trees, toclose them in conceptual categories and in cabinets. Keats may have considered a brook naked without its naiads. For Clare, it is "naked" and "chill" when the crea- tures that actually enliven it have been driven, locally, to extinction. Nam- ing and killing imply the same will to enforce ultimate immobility, to deny the dynamic integrity of an environment.
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As says David Powell, John Clare stands as a ‘self-educated genius’. It was this self-education that grew organically out of his own nature and unique situation and also produced his highly individual grammar and spelling. Certainly key poets such as John Clare by definition fashion their own language, as did Chaucer and Shakespeare. They arise at a time in history when their own particular voice seems to need to be heard. Language is always evolving in everyday use as people speak: accents change, different styles of expression arise and words come to mean something quite opposite to their original meaning. At any time the same word may mean one thing in one context and something else in another. In fact, Clare’s peculiar self-directed education produced his highly original and individual style of expression. He stood alone, and still does, as a self-made man who dp n= folio= ?emerged naturally from his background with his own particular message for mankind.
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THERE WAS no better contemporary than John Clare (1793-1864) to give the English a first-class and first-hand overview of their time and its momentous social and economic changes. These changes mostly adversely affected the mass of society consisting of those who lived and worked in the rural communities. According to one of his many biographers, David Powell, Clare ‘was an astute chronicler of provincial England at the dawn of the industrial revolution’. The industrial and agricultural revolutions both came about as a result of land enclosures and the gradual introduction of new labour-saving machines and devices. In agriculture and in the factories, these changes had the effect of causing a decline in the need for men’s labour at a time when population growth was accelerating.
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John Clare’s qualifications for this surveillance job were in the first instance a very adequate primary education in the vestry of his local church where he learnt to read and write. With these skills Clare became one of the best educated people for many miles around and possibly in the country. Having become well acquainted with all aspects of popular culture, including the oral tradition of popular songs and stories and ballads, he was the first documenter of such English folk material as village customs and pastimes, ballad singers and morris dancers. He has left us in his poetry, most notably The Parish, a vivid record of the rustic characters of his neighbourhood and the effects upon them of the social changes brought by the local Enclosure Act in 1809, at which point Clare was just sixteen. The Parish has been compared to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.