John Clare, The Rural Muse

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The Rural Muse

(1835) was the final book of poems by John Clare to appear in his lifetime. Clare’s former editor and publisher, John Taylor, told Clare that “Everybody says it is the best Volume you have yet published & I am sure it is” (Storey 225). It is difficult to disagree with this judgement, even as it remains the case that

The Rural Muse

was essentially a compromise publication after complications with Clare’s original, larger, and more unconventionally titled project, “The Midsummer Cushion”. Various factors played a part in thwarting Clare’s realization of the full scope of his ambitions for a new work at this time, including ill health, the sheer number of poems he had available, and the fact that Taylor was now concentrating his business efforts on textbooks as…

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Citation: White, Adam. "The Rural Muse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2013 [, accessed 23 February 2024.]

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