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dc.contributor.authorLafford, Erin
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-22T13:50:59Z
dc.date.available2019-02-22T13:50:59Z
dc.date.issued2014-07
dc.identifier.citationLafford, E. (2014) 'Clare's muttering, murmurings, and rambings: the sounds of health'. The John Clare Society Journal (33), pp. 1-18.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/623522
dc.description.abstractClare is valued as a poet of direct communication. His poems are filled with Northamptonshire dialect that fosters an instantaneous connection to his local environment, creating an immediate sense of place though sound. Likewise, Clare’s representations of natural sounds, such as the ‘whewing’ of the pewit, the ‘swop’ of the jay bird as it flies, and the ‘chickering crickets’, have a mimetic quality that creates a direct experience of what he hears.1 Seamus Heaney grouped Clare with what he called ‘monoglot geniuses’, meaning that he had a gift for conveying through poetry a ‘univocal homeplace’ that his readers could understand without necessarily belonging to that place themselves.2 However, this idea of Clare as a poet of such direct coherency is complicated by his madness or, specifically, by his repeated usage of a vocalisation which carries connotations of madness. This essay will consider the ways that Clare represents health and madness at the level of sound, by bringing them into relationship with a mode of speaking that recurs throughout his poetry and prose: his use of muttering. It will suggest that Clare’s poetic investment in muttering and the sub-vocal register as both a personalised, therapeutic mode of self-address, and a way to foster a deep poetic relationship with his natural surroundings, comes to complicate his formal representation of health as a clear ‘strong voice’.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipArts and Humanities Research Council (PhD Studentship Award)en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherThe John Clare Societyen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://johnclaresociety.wordpress.com/publications-and-merchandise/en_US
dc.subjectJohn Clareen_US
dc.subjectRomantic poetryen_US
dc.subjectMedical humanitiesen_US
dc.subjectVoiceen_US
dc.subjectSounden_US
dc.subjectSubvocalen_US
dc.titleClare's mutterings, murmurings, and ramblings: the sounds of healthen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Oxforden_US
dc.identifier.journalThe John Clare Society Journalen_US
refterms.dateFOA2019-03-04T13:32:25Z


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