Who is William Cowper

William Cowper (/ˈkuːpər/ KOO-pər; 26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800)[a] 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.

After being institutionalised for insanity, Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity. He continued to suffer doubt and, after a dream in 1773, believed that he was doomed to eternal damnation. He recovered and wrote more religious hymns.

His religious sentiment and associat...
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Love 193 I Love You 193 God 172 Heart 153 Soul 132 Never 131 Sweet 131 Long 114 Life 113 Light 109

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  • Profplolumumba: 'knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.' ~ william cowper.
  • Greatestquotes: knowledge is proud that he has learned so much. wisdom is humble that he knows not more. - william cowper
  • Riviashunter: hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion by william cowper hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion, scarce can endure delay of execution, wait, with impatient readiness, to seize my                            soul in a moment.
  • Lcby: every vein of all your empire; that where britain’s power is felt, mankind may feel her mercy too. ☆ william cowper "the task" published in 1785
  • Lhwilkinson: “variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour” - william cowper
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How slow the Wind'
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How slow the Wind-
how slow the sea-
how late their Fathers be!


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