How Children Lost the Right to Roam in Four Generations:
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The contrast between Edward and George's childhoods is highlighted in a report which warns that the mental health of 21st-century children is at risk because they are missing out on the exposure to the natural world enjoyed by past generations.
For centuries the village had lain among huge fields, woods, heath, and wasteland . . . Now fences and other barriers enclosed [.pdf] the open and common lands for private use, setting rectangular bounds on a world that once centered in Helpston and ranged out freely in the circle of a child's roving.
That "wandering scene" is gone, Clare says in "The Moors."
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Turning thirty, Clare had his first bouts of severe depression, on top of poverty, seven children to feed, publishing troubles, anguish at enclosure, and an unwanted move from his birthplace. . . .
Hallucinations and worsening depression send him to a private asylum near London. . . .