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Bibliographic record number: 952956


Authors: Domines Veliki, Martina
Title: 'This is prosperity is it?': William Cobbett's Rural Rides in the Context of the Poetry of Wordsworth and Clare
Meeting: 14th ESSE Conference
Location and date: Brno, Češka, 29.8.-2.9.2018.
Keywords: poverty studies, Cobbett, Wordsworth, Clare
While Romantic poets William Wordsworth and John Clare talked about common people and rural poverty in order to make sense of the changes in the English countryside after the first industrial revolution, William Cobbett, a well- known public figure, an orator, journalist and 'ploughboy', as he called himself, embarked on a journey to see the real condition of England for himself. While Wordsworth's and Clare's poetry comments on the tragedy of the enclosures for rural people in differing ways, Cobbett gives us yet another way of looking at and sympathizing with the rural poor: he documents the state of England in detail by travelling from London to Gloucester, then further to the English south and then to the northern cities of Manchester and Newcastle- upon-Tyne. Therefore his 'Rural Rides' (1821- 1832) is a vivid documentary account of the destruction of place and people after the enclosure acts of 1809-1820 when the English rural community was parceled up and atomized. The advent of capital and paper money had lasting consequences for his idyllic and false image of the English countryside in the sense that he realized how unscrupulous early capitalism was and to what extent reform was necessary.
Type of meeting: Predavanje
Type of presentation in a journal: Not published
Type of peer-review: No peer-review
Original language: ENG
Category: Znanstveni
Contrib. to CROSBI by: Martina Domines Veliki (, 7. Ruj. 2018. u 13:32 sati

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