‘A language that is ever green’: The Ecological Vision of John Clare

  title={‘A language that is ever green’: The Ecological Vision of John Clare},
  author={James C. McKusick},
  journal={University of Toronto Quarterly},
  pages={226 - 249}
  • James C. McKusick
  • Published 2 July 2014
  • History, Economics
  • University of Toronto Quarterly
John Clare described himself on the title page of his first collection of poems as a 'Northamptonshire Peasant,' a bold assertion of regional identity that situated his voice in an East Midland county that was becoming increasingly a zone of ecological conflict, marked by unequal struggle between the advocates of parliamentary enclosure and the forlorn adherents of the older, sustainable methods of open-field agriculture. The arguments advanced in favour of parliamentary enclosure during the… 
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