Inhe enrolled in the Middle Temple in order to pursue a law degree.
Lawrence Elegy by D. Lawrence Patience by D. The poet's mother died when he was six and Cowper was sent to Dr.
Pittman's boarding school, where he was routinely bullied. Inhe enrolled in the Middle Temple in order to pursue a law degree. Shortly thereafter, he fell in love with Theodora Cowper, a cousin. Her father did not approve, and their relationship ended in Cowper wrote a sequence of poems, Delia, chronicling this affair but the book was not published until Inthrough family connections, he accepted a clerkship of the journals in the House of Lords.
A rival faction, however, challenged his appointment and the ordeal caused Cowper to enter Nathaniel Cotton's Collegium Insanorum at St. While there he converted to Evangelicalism. Inhe moved to Huntingdon and took a room with the Rev. Morley Unwin and his wife Mary. Unwin died of a riding accident in and Cowper and Mary Unwin moved together to the town of Olney in They were not separated until her death in While at Olney, Cowper became close friends with the Evangelical clergyman John Newton; together they co-authored the Olney Hymns, which was first published in and included Newton's famous hymn "Amazing Grace.
InCowper became engaged to Mary Unwin, but he suffered another attack of madness. He had terrible nightmares, believing that God has rejected him. Cowper would never again enter a church or say a prayer.
When he recovered his health, he kept busy by gardening, carpentry, and keeping animals. In spite of periods of acute depression, Cowper's twenty-six years in Olney and later at Weston Underwood were marked by great achievement as poet, hymn-writer, and letter-writer.
His first volume of poetry, Poems by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple was published in to wide acclaim. His major work was undertaken when Lady Austen complained to Cowper that he lacked a subject. She encouraged him to write about the sofa in his parlor.
The Task grew into an opus of six books and nearly five thousand lines. Although the poem begins as a mock-heroic account of a wooden stool developing into a sofa, in later sections of the poem Cowper meditates on the immediate world around him his village, garden, animals, and parlor as well as larger religious and humanitarian concerns.
His work found a wide audience; Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet.
William Cowper died of dropsy on April 25, At the time of his death, his Poems had already reached their tenth printing.Hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion by William Cowper; Hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion, Scarce can endure delay of execution, Wait, with impatient readiness, to sei.
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