William Cowper (1731-1800)

Woman Reading

Born: 26 November 1731, Berkhamsted, United Kingdom


Died: 25 April 1800, Dereham, United Kingdom

Man Reading

Parents: Ann Donne Cowper, John Cowper

His Major works:

1. The Sofa: It is written in blank verse.  2. John Gilpin.  3. The Progress of Error.  4. Truth  5. Table Talk

6. Translation of Homer: It is also in blank verse.  7. The Task (1785): This long blank verse poem is in one sense as much the poetic masterpiece of latter eighteenth-century evangelicalism as Paradise Lost is a masterpiece of militant puritanism of the seventeenth century. 8. Olney Hymns (1779)  9. Poems (1782)

William Cowper, Augustan Age: 18th Century Literature