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William Cowper: A Revaluation

Neil Curry




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Neil Curry's thoughtful and penetrating analysis of the complex interaction between William Cowper's life and work reveals a different cast of mind from the widely-held view of Cowper as a 'stricken deer'.

Undeniably one of the great poets, as this work shows, Cowper nevertheless sought inspiration using people and resources, often ruthlessly, to that end. He is shown to have had ultimately a highly defensive view of himself to enable him to work and live, paradoxically, on his own terms.


About the author:

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1937, Neil Curry is a poet, translator, editor and literary critic. As a critic he has published studies on Christopher Smart, George Herbert and Alexander Pope. His translations of Euripides and Homer have won wide acclaim. Curry's poetry includes Other Rooms: New & Selected Poems (2007) and Some Letters Never Sent (2014). His most recent book for Greenwich Exchange is Six Eighteenth-Century Poets (2011). He lives in the Lake District.


278  pages

ISBN: 978-1-906075-86-6

Greenwich Exchange Category: Literature

Series: None



Other books by Neil Curry published by Greenwich Exchange:

Six Eighteenth-Century Poets

William Shenstone: Landscape Gardener and Poet

Alexander Pope