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Passions in PoetryWilliam Cowper
1731 - 1800

English poet. The simplicity of his work and his treatment of natural subjects was in marked contrast to the sophistication of the fashionable Pope; he was an important forerunner of the Romantics, and his unfinished poem 'Yardley Oak' was particularly admired by Wordsworth. Other notable poems include 'The Poplar Trees', 'The Journey of John Gilpin' and 'The Castaway', while The Task is his most ambitious work in verse. Olney Hymns (1779) contains his popular hymns 'God moves in a mysterious way' and 'Oh, for a closer walk with God'. His autobiographical Memoir was published in 1816, and his letters have been widely appreciated, providing an intimate picture of the man.

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Apology to Delia: For Desiring a Lock of Her Hair 873
God Moves in a Mysterious Way 749
Lines Written During a Period of Insanity 791
On the Late Indecent Liberties Taken With the Remains of Milton 771
On the Loss of the Royal George 1,050
The Poplar Field 974
To Delia: On Her Endeavouring to Conceal Her Grief at Parting 919
To Mary 1,616
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