John Clare: The Critical Heritage

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acquaintance with the great poets of his country, which is exceedingly remarkable.


104.

Clare in passing

1857

Thomas James, from an unsigned review-article, ‘The History and Antiquities of Northamptonshire’, Quarterly Review, January 1857, ci, 1-56.

Thomas James (1809-63) was honoured by a separate reprinting of this article, under his own name, in 1864.

…his true and loving descriptions of natural objects, his picturesque and nervous language, and the pure vein of poetry and feeling that runs through all he wrote, might claim for him a kindly remembrance even in days which would look upon his themes as antiquated and insipid. There are lines called ‘First Love’s Recollections’ in his last volume, which, coming from a man of his class, strike us as one of the most remarkable expressions of refined feeling we know; and there is a singularly wild and strange beauty in some verses, still unpublished, written by him while an inmate of the asylum; but we regret that these and further details of his story are beyond our present limits….

(P. 45)

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