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Record 932

Reading Experience:

'At age thirteen John Clare was shown The Seasons by a Methodist weaver and though he had no real experience of poetry, he was immediately enthralled by Thomson's evocation of spring'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 1806
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:John Clare
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 07 1793
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: later a poet
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: James Thomson
Title: The Seasons
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 932  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 30
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 30,, accessed: 26 January 2023

Additional comments:

Shown book by a Methodist weaver who 'laughed' at his enthrallment. See Eric Robinson (ed) 'John Clare's Autobiographical Writings' (Oxford, 1983) p.9



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