A biography of william cowper an english poet

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He does so in spite of a powerful awareness of an actual "civilization" restructuring itself on the basis of advancing manufacture, consumerism, and commercial enterprise, so that merchants "Incorporated Cowper made lifelong friends from Westminster. At a time when Cowper's spirit was melancholy he said "I found my heart at length so powerfully drawn towards the Lord, that having a retired and secret nook in the corner of a field, I kneeled down under a bank and poured forth my complaints before Him. One notable feature is their buoyant expansion of the anti-Deist arguments of "Retirement," this time with Pope's Essay on Man an evident object of criticism. His great uncle was Lord Chancellor of the Realm. At this time Cowper developed several significant friendships: with William Bull, Independent minister of Newport Pagnell, whose encouragement led to Cowper's fine translations of the poems of the French Quietist Madame Guion begun in , published in ; with William Unwin, who replaced Newton as literary go-between once Poems had been seen through the press; and, most importantly, with Lady Austen, whom he met in just before she took up residence at Olney vicarage. Before the fateful day, he attempted suicide. The success of The Task largely vanquished Cowper's need to write confessional poetry, but it unleashed his ambition. His melancholia had come upon him and placed its dark limitations upon his life before he went, in , to live at Huntingdon, where his association with and love for Mrs. These topical areas of the Moral Satires establish Cowper as at once journalist, patriot, and a confirmed ideologist for whom style itself is an index of value. Cotton at St Albans, it passed away; and the eight years that followed, of which the two first were spent at Huntingdon where he formed his lifelong friendship with Mrs. These thoughts bring on a wishful prophecy of the Last Day, when all will be swept away and the greater Paradise restored.

Cowper, a Mr. Unwin--the woman whom, as Harriot Hesketh affirmed, "he had always consider'd. Beneath the farce, though, lie bleak undertones consistent with Cowper's previous work. The Task Cowper's next volume, The Taskwon him universal critical esteem. Older children bullied Cowper through many of his younger years.

And they themselves, once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. It was not the only legacy Cowper left to the Romantics. Thus man devotes his brother, and destroys; And worse than all, and most to be deplored, As human nature's broadest, foulest blot, Chains him, and tasks him, and exacts his sweat With stripes, that mercy, with a bleeding heart, Weeps when she sees inflicted on a beast.

Mary Woolnoth in London, and by Samuel Badcock's sprightly criticism in the Monthly Review to compose his own anonymous rejoinder. Spread it then, And let it circulate through every vein Of all your empire; that where Britain's power Is felt, mankind may feel her mercy too.

Cowper's gaze is steady and trained on things of consequence, not only the individual soul and man's folly but the soul of a nation in crisis, torn by the catastrophic course of the American war, the Gordon Riots, and the effects of the armed neutrality of five European states: Poor England!

His background was aristocratic.

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Cowper continued to hold staunchly to his religious beliefs, but he never again entered a church or said a prayer.

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William Cowper