Ms Nova Banton
I am conducting research on John Clare and Martin Heidegger. My supervisor is Professor Michael O'Neill
The traditionally received notion with Clarean studies is that John Clare has a sublime ecological epistemology, is a nature poet par excellence and later develops a sensibility that depicts a thought provoking social consciousness. What has also become axiomatic is that Clare is resistant to philosophical appropriations and abstractions. Addressing the ontological dissimilarly to the creative reality of Romanticism's reliance and emphasis on the imagination to conceptualise metaphysics without much thoughtful perception of where reality fits into human life, Clare writes 'poetry of thought' as he illustrates that he is not a philosophic poet but one who invokes the philosophic by virtue of an artistic and natural presencing of Being quo Being together with an identifiable discourse on the human condition. A large cross section of Clare's poetic oeuvre utters poetically what Martin Heidegger speaks philosophically in the context of his existential ontology and through 'there being' which becomes reinforced in his later work which sees the poesis of the ontologically poetic.