Excerpt From The Task And Other Poems Of Inner TempleThe Accompanying Volume Is, However, Devoted To Selec Tions From His Poetry, Excluding Any Of His Translations His Homer, As Matthew Arnold Has Shown, Has Little Merit, And The Translations From Madame Guyon And Vincent Bourne Are Hardly Of Enough Weight To Appear In A Limited Choice Of His Poems The Guiding Principle In Making Up The Present Volume Was To Give The Pupil A View Of The True Cowper, And Cowper At His Best Some Minor Poems Have Been Omitted Of Equal Merit With Those Given But They Only Exhibit The Same Type Of Poetic ExecutionOne Reason For Study Of Cowper Is Found In His Position As Forerunner Of The Change In English Poetry, Imperfectly Defined Often As A Change From The Classical To The Romantic School Signs That The Change Was Coming Had Indeed Appeared Long Before Cowper Sang, In Thompson S Seasons And The Odes Of Collins And Gray But Not Till Cowper And Burns Were Heard Was It Seen That The Change Had Come, And Cowper Had Great Part In Bringing It On Words Worth Was A Far Greater Poet Than Cowper But Cowper Heralded Wordsworth, Not Only In Choice Of Poetic Material, But Also In The Poetic Treatment Of Nature And Man What Wordsworth Found In The Beautiful Lake Region, Cowper Found Before Him In Olney, And Along The Banks Of Slow Winding OuseAbout The PublisherForgotten Books Publishes Hundreds Of Thousands Of Rare And Classic Books Find At ForgottenbooksThis Book Is A Reproduction Of An Important Historical Work Forgotten Books Uses State Of The Art Technology To Digitally Reconstruct The Work, Preserving The Original Format Whilst Repairing Imperfections Present In The Aged Copy In Rare Cases, An Imperfection In The Original, Such As A Blemish Or Missing Page, May Be Replicated In Our Edition We Do, However, Repair The Vast Majority Of Imperfections Successfully Any Imperfections That Remain Are Intentionally Left To Preserve The State Of Such Historical Works
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 Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him the best modern poet , whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley Oak He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan.Cowper suffered from severe manic depression, and although he found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation His religious sentiment and association with John Newton who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace led to much of the poetry for which he is best remembered.
- 330 pages
- The Task: And Other Poems; Of Inner Temple (Classic Reprint)
- William Cowper
- 20 July 2019 William Cowper