Abstract

This article explores John Clare's sense of "community" with respect to the village environment in which he lived in Helpston. Through comparison with William Wordsworth, it examines the extraordinary cohesion of the community that Clare often represents in his verse, distinguishing the ways in which knowledge of the ideal is transmitted through rituals, including festivities and storytelling, and considering the peculiarities of Clare's memory. The article concludes by discussing the relevance of the "ideal" model and by noting Clare's representation of its decline.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 781-802
Launched on MUSE
2006-11-06
Open Access
No
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