John Clare, The ‘Rhyming Peasant’

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Course: John Clare, The ‘Rhyming Peasant’
Tutor: Dr. Jane Crozier
Start Date: 24th March 2018
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £54.00 What's included?

Clare is arguably England’s greatest poet of nature and the environment. ‘I kicked it out of the clods,’ he said. What were the impulses and influences which generated such a unique voice in poetry? We shall read poems and prose about what lies under a hedge, as well as about boundless vistas; about particular birds and trees, as well as the effects of loss of home and his parochial landscape. We shall consider the social and economic circumstances, in the first half of the nineteenth century, which fuelled his protest poems. And we shall look at his final displacement in madness.

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Dr. Jane Crozier

Dr. Jane Crozier holds several degrees in English and American Literature. She spent much of her career teaching adults in Further Education, also working as a visiting Tutor at the Institute of Education and as a Research Fellow at Queen Mary University London. When she moved to Somerset ten years ago, she had the time to create courses for adults that follow her particular interests, most especially the poetry of place and the literature of landscape. 

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