Cowper, William

Cowper, William
   William Cowper (pronounced "Cooper") was the son of the rector of Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and chaplain to King George II. Educated at Westminster School, he was called to the bar in 1745, but never practiced. He suffered throughout his life from severe (possibly manic) depression and during one of his periods of hospitalization he experienced a profound religious conversion. He and George Herbert share a commemorative window in St. George's Chapel, Westminster Abbey. His poems are of everyday life - hedgerows, ditches, rivers, haystacks, and hares. Also a prolific hymn-writer, one of his best-known is "God Moves in a Mysterious Way." He collaborated with John Newton to write the hymn "Light Shining Out of Darkness." Between 1765 and 1773 at the village of Olney, Buckinghamshire, Cowper, and John Newton (who was curate there) published the Olney Hymns. Cowper's poem "Against Slavery" is an example of how he spoke up for the poor and the downtrodden. Some of his other poems: "Abuse of the Gospel," "How to Grow Cucumbers," "R.S.S. Written in a Fit of Illness," "The Bee and the Pine-Apple," "The Castaway," "The Retired Cat," "The Sower."
   Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition, 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. English Poetry: Author Search. Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., 1995 ( Poet's Corner Bookshelf ( The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 ( The Cyber Hymnal ( The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. The Poetical Works of William Cowper. 3rd edition. H.S. Milford, ed. Oxford University Press, 1926. Westminster Abbey Official Guide (no date).

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