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
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1049, accessed 21 August 2018.]
1049William Cowper1Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.
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