Wednesday September 8th 2010

Thought for the Day

“Thus happiness depends
as nature shows,
less on exterior things
than most suppose.”

~ William Cowper
(1731-1800) 



*William Cowper

File:Cowper w.jpg From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBorn: 26 November 1731 Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Died: 25 April 1800 (aged 68) East Dereham, Norfolk, England

An English poet and 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’. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan.

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