• Junkets and Clarissimus: The Clare - Keats Dialogue

    Author(s):
    John Goodridge (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Subject(s):
    English poetry, Romanticism, Keats, John, 1795-1821, Clare, John, 1793-1864, Personal correspondence, Poetry
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/h2ef-8147
    Abstract:
    Although Clare and Keats never met or directly corresponded, they were close contemporaries with much in common, including a publisher and overlapping literary circles and interests. Moreover, they passed messages to each other via their publisher John Taylor, and the evidence suggests a significant level of literary and personal engagement between them. In particular, Clare took a keen interest in Keats's poetry and person in the last year of the latter's life, responding richly and enthusiastically to the 1820 volume, and following Keats's failing health and final journey to Rome with increasing concern and sadness. All this is documented in the correspondence between Clare and Taylor, much of it unpublished, including three hitherto unrecorded letters from Clare to Taylor. This essay, drawing on transcripts of these unpublished materials by Bob Heyes and Emma Trehane, offers a detailed, chronological study of this under-examined but invaluable correspondence between two key Romantic poets.
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