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The poems of William Cowper (1731-1800) are best known outside their literary context, as hymns or half-remembered popular ballads. This selection reveals the qualities that have made Cowper's work enduringly loved: his gentle humor and detailed, delighted observations of the incidentals of everyday life, his intimate, conversational tone, his spiritual hunger. Beneath Cow...more
Paperback, Fyfield Books, 119 pages
Published April 28th 1984 by Carcanet Press (first published 1984)
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Reading Cowper for the first time, I was struck with how absolutely readable his poems are, even though they were written over 200 years ago. For the most part, his language does not show its age, and could be written by a popular poet or songwriter even today. Some lines are absolutely perfect, such as in "Retirement" when he says, "The good we never miss we rarely prize."

Walking with God from his Olney Hymns is a pure master work, as well as "To the Nightingale" and "Verses Supposed to be Writ...more
Full of sentiment, free of sentimentality. Rightly rescued from the obscurity of his contemporaries.
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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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