John Clare: The Critical Heritage

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62.

John Clare on the disappointing response

1822

Clare to Taylor, 8 February 1822, LJC, pp. 131-2.

For ‘The Dream’ see No. 68.

I rather feel hipt1 at the Village Minstrels success the Old Vol had gone thro 2 editions ere this & I think a notice in the London agen of a New Vol of Poems preparing is nessesary as a stimulant to revive the flatness of these for I am jealous of their ill success at least I feel something that tells me they don’t go off like the others & I prevent that feeling as much as ever I can from damping my further exertions but I cannot help it doing so at some times—still I’m determined in the teeth of vexation to surmount dissapointment by unwearied struggles—under these feelings the dream was written & that is the reason of their explanation.

1 ‘vexed’.

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