1854 2vols The Poetical Works Of William Cowper
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The Poetical Works of William Cowper
In Two Volumes
By William Cowper [with notes by Rev. George Gilfillan].
1854 - Edinburgh - James Nichol
9" by 5.5"; (xxx) 416pp; (xxviii) 428pp.
A set of The Poetical Works of William Cowper with life, critical dissertation, and explanatory notes by the Rev. George Gilfillan.
Complete in two volumes.
From the introduction: "Cowper is one of the few poets who at once attained speedy popularity, and secured permanent power."
William Cowper (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) 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.
Although after being institutionalised for insanity in the period 1763-65, Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and after a dream in 1773 believed 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. His poem Light Shining out of Darkness gave the English language the idiom "God moves in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform."
In amateur half calf leather bindings with red cloth covered boards. Externally, very smart with just some minor shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD
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