Introduction to The Pocket University Guide to Daily Reading
William Cowper born on this date 1731.
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William Cowper (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800[a) was an English poet and Anglican hymn writer. 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
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