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The Works of William Cowper

William Cowper

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Collection of all poetry of William Cowper.

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. . .But Lowth seems to have stepped into excellence at once, and to have gained by intuition what we little folks are happy if we can learn at last, after much labour of our own and instruction of others. The compliments he pays to the memory of King Charles he would probably now retract, though he be a bishop, and his majesty's zeal for episcopacy was one of the causes of his ruin. An age or two must pass before some characters can be properly understood. The spirit of party employs itself in veiling their faults and ascribing to them virtues which they never possessed. See Charles's face drawn by Clarendon, and it is a handsome portrait. See it more justly exhibited by Mrs. Macaulay, and it is deformed to a degree that shocks us. Every feature expresses cunning, employing itself in the maintaining of tyranny; and dissimulation, pretending itself an advocate for truth.

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Community Reviews

I really enjoy Cowper's poetry, and this edition is a good introduction to his work. I wish there were more critical interpretation of his poems, and this lack of analysis leaves this edition somewhat wanting and almost superficial. There was really no explanation of Cowper's interaction with the...more

4 1/2 stars