Wordsworth, John Clare and Romantic Landscape Poetry Comparison Essay

A comparison of the poetry of John Clare and William Wordsworth with a focus on the way in which landscape, imagination and feeling are represented by these poets.
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Published on Sep 24, 2012 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper maps the respective representations of landscape in the poetry of John Clare, and William Wordsworth, with a view to better understanding the "ecological vision" that Clare had and how it differed from Wordsworth's utilization of landscape. This analysis also exposes the ways in which both poets adhere to or revert from the dominant landscape aesthetics of the day, such as the picturesque mode, in addition to considering the effects of the eighteenth century enclosure of the land on landscape poetry.

From the Paper:

"In his study on the importance of landscape in the Romantic age, John Barrell suggests that during the eighteenth century there was a persistent tendency for artists to "conceive of a landscape as a pictorial composition"(Barrell, 2010:7). He suggests that "English taste in landscape was largely Italian inspired" and there was a drastic rise in the collection of landscape paintings by artists such as Claude Lorrain during the period. Although this fashion may have begun as an artistic practice, it became public very quickly (with the rise of middle class tourism) and "the principles of landscape composition" became principles "learnt so thoroughly that it quickly became impossible for anyone to look at the countryside without applying them" (Barrell, 2010: 11). In William Hutchinson's, An Excursion to the lakes, it is impossible to ignore such a pictorial arrangement and composition of landscape. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barrell, J. (2010). The Idea of Landscape and the sense of place (1730- 1840). UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bermingham, A. (1986). Landscape and Ideology the English rustic tradition. 1740 - 1860. California: University of California Press
  • Brownson, S, C. (2006). 'Waterflyes with tiny wings': Marking Nature in John Clare's Poems. John Clare Society Journal. 25: 51. 1-15.
  • Clare, J. (1821). The Village Minstrel and other poems. [online]. Available at: http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_village_minstrel_and_other_poems.html. [Accessed 06 Jan 2012]. ]
  • Hutchinson, W. (1774). An Excursion to the Lakes. [online]. Available at: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=XYgOAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false. [Accessed 01 Jan 2012]/

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