Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

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Members of the Society will be familiar with Carry Akroyd's art and designs, which have graced the cover of the newsletter for many years, and which have enhanced the covers and pages of books such as Tim Chilcott's edition of The Shepherd's Calendar and David Powell's re-issue of The Wood is Sweet. Akroyd's new book, O/ natures powers & spells': Landscape Change, John Clare and Me is a testament to more than twenty years of consideration of landscape and artistic response to Clare (among many other things), and it is reviewed in this issue. John Goodridge;s interview with the artist provides a fascinating insight into her world and work.

Of course, landscape feeds into many critical responses to Clare, as it does in the essays in this issue: Sam Ward focuses upon the sounds Clare heard, and threaded through his work - through rhyme, dialect and his idiosyncratic onomatopoeia, while Andrew Smith re-considers the big splashes and ripples caused by enclosure in Clare's poetry. Jennifer Orr discusses an Ulster poet whose work and life sustain close parallels to Clare's: clearly, Samuel Thomson is a poet worth recovering fully. Our President Ronald Blythe's 2008 address is included here, and is as sharp and poignant as we members have, luckily, come to expect. …

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