William Cowper





William Cowper


Born
in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, The United Kingdom
November 26, 1731

Died
April 25, 1800

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William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan.

Cowper suffered from severe manic depression, and although he found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation. His religious sentiment and association with John Newton (wh
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The Task and Other Poems

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William Cowper's Olney Hymns

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Selected Poems: William Cowper

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Hymns

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The Diverting History of Jo...

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The Task

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“God moves in mysterious ways
His wonders to performs”
William Cowper, The Poetical Works Of William Cowper

“Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all it's flavour.”
William Cowper

“There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:
And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleased
With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.”
William Cowper