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The Poetical Works Of William Cowper

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Published December 22nd 2001 by Sovereign Grace Publishers (first published January 1st 1880)
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I really enjoy Cowper's poetry, and this edition is a good introduction to his work. I wish there were more critical interpretation of his poems, and this lack of analysis leaves this edition somewhat wanting and almost superficial. There was really no explanation of Cowper's interaction with the works of John Milton and Isaac Watts, who both significantly influenced his writings. His depression is also superficially treated, as well as the effects this had on his poetry throughout his life. Sti ...more
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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 'Y ...more
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“God moves in mysterious ways
His wonders to performs”
“I am monarch of all I survey,
My right there is none to dispute,
From the centre all round to the sea,
I am lord of the fowl and the brute.
O solitude! Where are the charms
That sages have seen in thy face?
Better dwell in the midst of alarms,
Than reign in this horrible place.”
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