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John Clare's Psychiatric Disorder and Its Influence on His Poetry

Evan Blackmore
Victorian Poetry
Vol. 24, No. 3 (Autumn, 1986), pp. 209-228
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40001184
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Abstract

John Clare probably experienced recurrent depressive and manic episodes, possible causes of which are discussed. His psychiatric disorder and its social consequences may have influenced his literary productivity, the coherence of his writing, and the attitudes to human suffering and to women expressed in his poems.

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