‘Learning is your only wealth’: Reading and Reasoning
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This chapter demonstrates the context of John Clare's claims to be an adherent of Christianity. Whatever 'evil' is, it must pose the greatest challenge to Clare's faith in a Christian God. Responding to recent critical work on Clare's 'Northborough Period', Clare's editors conclude: 'In most of the Northborough poems Clare is struggling to recover the determinacy lost by the move from Helpston'. The chapter explores Clare's attraction to and use of biblical passages, and the conclusions therein drawn from integral parts of Clare's theodicy. Tim Chilcott's Living Year demonstrates quite clearly the extent to which, the time of year lacked significance for Clare: is the more poignant for that. Clare's picture is relatively straightforward, contingent with the quasi-edenic model in which innocence is lost in a fall of one type or another into 'knowledge'. Yet insofar as man is still waiting for the apocalypse, Clare's God retains to some extent the characteristics of the Hebraic God of the Old Testament.