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dc.contributor.authorLafford, Erin
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-24T10:52:53Z
dc.date.available2020-04-24T10:52:53Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationLafford, E. (2020). 'John Clare, herbalism, and elegy'. Romanticism, 26(2), pp. 202-213.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1354-991X
dc.identifier.doi10.3366/rom.2020.0465
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/624717
dc.description.abstractDiscussions of Clare’s engagement with botany often trace his fraught relationship with taxonomy, exploring his admiration for common names over the ‘dark system’ of Linnaean classification. This essay expands understanding of Clare’s botanical imagination by considering how he brings his botanical ‘taste’ to bear on the flower as a key figure of elegiac consolation. I refocus attention on his formative preference for pre-Linnaean herbalism and explore how it informs his engagement with elegiac tradition and imagery, especially in relation to Gray’s ‘Elegy’. I attend to how herbalism is brought into relationship with poetic representations of the floral, focussing especially on the connection between Clare’s preference for herbals and Elizabeth Kent’s Flora Domestica. I then discuss ‘Cauper Green’ and ‘The Village Doctress’ (Clare’s most sustained poetic discussions of herbalism) as elegies that try to reconcile the finite temporality of human life with the regenerative life cycles of plants and their flowers.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherEdinburgh University Pressen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.euppublishing.com/doi/pdfplus/10.3366/rom.2020.0465en_US
dc.rights'This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Edinburgh University Press in Romanticism. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.3366/rom.2020.0465
dc.subjectJohn Clareen_US
dc.subjectherbalismen_US
dc.subjectelegyen_US
dc.subjectThomas Grayen_US
dc.titleJohn Clare, herbalism, and elegyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1750-0192
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.identifier.journalRomanticismen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-01
refterms.dateFOA2020-07-16T11:03:16Z
dc.author.detail786401en_US


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