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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/5(2). Full text of "The letters of the late William Cowper to his friends" See other formats. Cowper, William, The works of Cowper and Thomson: including many letters and poems never before published in this country: with a new and interesting memoir of the life of Thomson. (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., ), also by James Thomson (page images at HathiTrust) Cowper, William. The Works of William Cowper: Letters Volume 7 of The Works of William Cowper: Comprising His Poems, Correspondence, and Translations. With a Life of the Author, Robert Southey: Authors: William Cowper, Robert Southey, William Harvey: Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock, Original from: Princeton University: Digitized: Dec 1, Export Citation.
After short periods at dame school and under the Reverend William Davis at Aldbury, Cowper went, from about to , to Dr. Pittman’s boarding school at Markyate Street on the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire border, where, as he recalled 30 years later in his Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper, Esq. (), he was so severely bullied that he knew his tormentor “by his shoe-buckles . Newton saw Cowper’s bent to melancholy and reclusiveness, and drew him into the ministry of visitation as much as he could. They would take long walks together between homes, and talk of God and his purposes for the church. Then, in , Newton got the idea of collaborating with Cowper on a book of hymns to be sung by their church. He. William Cowper (pronounced Cooper) was the foremost poet of the generation between Alexander Pope and William Wordsworth. For several decades, he had probably the largest readership of any English poet. From , when his first major volume appeared, to , . Instead there is an earnest exchange of letters for twenty years. Cowper poured out his soul to Newton as to no one else. Perhaps it was good for Newton to go away, because when he left, Cowper poured himself into his major poetic projects between and You have probably never heard of .
Genre/Form: Personal correspondence: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Cowper, William, Letters of the late William Cowper to his friends. When 34 years of age, being largely restored in mind, his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Unwin, took him in their home, near Olney, where lived the devoted John Newton, who was of much help to Cowper. They became close friends, and oftentimes "took sweet counsel together" over the preciousness of Christ and the fulness of His salvation. His grasp of Scripture and deep personal experience of the ‘amazing grace’ of God, his many friends (among them, Whitefield, Cowper and Wilberforce), his manifold trials, his country pastorate, his strong, clear, idiomatic style- all these factors combined to prepare the author of How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds, for the exercise of his. William Cowper, (born Novem , Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England—died Ap , East Dereham, Norfolk), one of the most widely read English poets of his day, whose most characteristic work, as in The Task or the melodious short lyric “The Poplar Trees,” brought a new directness to 18th-century nature poetry.. Cowper wrote of the joys and sorrows of everyday life.