Ecopoetics and Boyopoetics: Bloomfield, Clare and the Nature of Lyric

Date

2020-09-24

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ISSN

1740-4657
1050-9585

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Publisher

Taylor and Francis

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article investigates the ecological lyrics of Robert Bloomfield and John Clare, suggesting that the elision of adult subject-positions in the latter was influenced by the pioneering poetry of the former. An alternative to the sublime egotism of William Wordsworth, and to the “Greater Romantic Lyric” as defined by twentieth-century criticism, Bloomfield’s and Clare’s eco-poetry is characterized by a delicate, intricate and valuable lyricism that does not use nature as a sounding-bound for a supposedly timeless, bourgeois male subjectivity. But it was shaped as much by the book market—by class-based restrictions on laboring-class men’s access to print—as by the poets’ exceptionally selfless environmentalism.

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Keywords

romanticism, lyric poetry

Citation

Fulford, T. (2020) Ecopoetics and Boyopoetics: Bloomfield, Clare and the Nature of Lyric. European Romantic Review, 31 (5), pp. 541-557.

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Research Institute

Institute of English