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The centenary letters
The letters in this bicentenary volume, discretely headnoted, build into a kind of candid autobiography, tracing Cowper through a series of relationships and crises, his love for Mary Unwin, the writing of his poetry, and his final years. There are the places of his life as well, places which matter deeply to the poet, most notably Olney itself, where he wrote the hymns. ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Fyfield Books
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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 ...moreMore about William Cowper...