William Cowper (2540 words)

  • Joseph Musser (Ohio Wesleyan University)
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Engraving by William Holl the Younger after an unidentified artist, 1853. Courtesy The Walter Scott Digital Archive, Edinburgh University Library.
William Cowper (1731-1800) is notable as both a poet and a letter-writer. His poetry was among the most popular in England from the late eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. The OED cites about 6,000 quotations from Cowper, over twice as many as from Wordsworth. And Gilbert Thomas suggests that among poets Cowper trails only Shakespeare as a source of common phrases and proverbs. But his reputation has declined. Though some of his Evangelical hymns …

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Musser, Joseph. "William Cowper". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 October 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1049, accessed 28 May 2017.]

Articles on Cowper's works

  1. Memoir
  2. Olney Hymns
  3. On the Death of Mrs Throckmorton’s Bullfinch
  4. The Castaway
  5. The Diverting History of John Gilpin
  6. The Task
  7. Yardley Oak

Related Groups

  1. English Landscape Poetry
  2. English Romanticism

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