The Sociable Text

  title={The Sociable Text},
  author={Paul E. Chirico},
John Taylor’s ‘Introduction’ to Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, as I have shown, entered and helped to reform a critical debate on the practice and propriety of ‘unlettered poetry’. Quoting an important poem from the volume, Taylor — unlike many critics — is careful to distinguish the poet from his protagonist, while using the contrast between the two as the starting point for a detailed discussion of Clare’s uses and abuses of customary language and syntax: