Green Poetry in the Making

Jonathan Bate pioneered the art of literary “ecocriticism” in his books Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition and the much-acclaimed The Song of the Earth. He has also written biographies of two of Britain’s greatest “green” poets: John Clare and Ted Hughes.

Brook and Trees circa 1806-7 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

He is now writing a life of Wordsworth. And his own poems, just published in a volume called The Shepherd’s Hut, build on the ancient genre of pastoral. In this session, he will look at the making of a range of green poems by Wordsworth, Clare, Hughes and himself. No prior reading necessary, but The Song of the Earth is highly recommended.




Image: “Brook and Trees”, J. M. W. Turner, Tate Collection, CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)