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Full name : William Cowper
Alias : William Cowper
Gender : Men
Country : England
Birthday : 26-11-1731
Address : Berkhamsted
Animals : The Pig
Zodiac : Sagittarius
Died : 25-04-1800
Father : John Cowper
Mother : Ann Donne
Siblings :
Wife : Mary
Children : William, Susannah
Education : Westminster School
Position :
Activists : Poets

William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. He is considered as one of the most popular poets of his time who contributed to the 18th century English poetry in a prominent way by writing about everyday life events and England’s countryside. He is called the pioneer of the Romantic poetry by poets like William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. ‘The Task: A Poem, in Six Books’, which is a poem in blank verse and is now considered to be his greatest work ever. His translations of Homer's ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’ into blank verse, and his adaptations were the most noteworthy English interpretations of these epic poems since those of Alexander Pope. Cowper suffered from long intervals of lunacy and was sent to private asylums on many occasions. His friend, Mary Unwin, who he lived with, took care of him during his times of tribulations. He found safe haven in an ardent evangelical Christianity, which later on became the inspiration for his famous hymns. His poem ‘Light Shining out of Darkness’ rendered English language the idiom ‘God moves in a mysterious way’.

 

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