In this selection, which includes short poems and extracts from the longer ones, there is ample evidence of the quality of Cowper's faith and of his eye and ear for nature. Indicative of how his life was sustained by writing, these poems reveal his effort to engage in discourse with friends and with the natural world....
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Selected Poems: William Cowper Reviews
To grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall,The snail sticks close, nor fears to fall,As if he grew there, house and allTogether.Within that house secure he hides,When danger imminent betidesOf storm, or other harm besidesOf weather.Give but his horns the slightest touch,His self-collecting power is such,He shrinks into his house, with muchDispleasure.Where’er he dwells, he dwells alone,Except himself has chattels none,Well satisfied to be his ownWhole treasure.Thus, hermit-like, his life he leads,Nor partner of his banquet needs,And if he meets one, only feedsThe faster.Who seeks him must be worse than blind,(He and his house are so combin’d)If, finding it, he fails to findIts master
Reading Cowper for the first time, I was struck with how absolutely readable his poems are, even though they were written over 200 years ago. For the most part, his language does not show its age, and could be written by a popular poet or songwriter even today. Some lines are absolutely perfect, such as in "Retirement" when he says, "The good we never miss we rarely prize."Walking with God from his Olney Hymns is a pure master work, as well as "To the Nightingale" and "Verses Supposed to be Written...Juan Fernandez." This is a short volume, and unassuming. Take it seriously - it is fantastic.
Full of sentiment, free of sentimentality. Rightly rescued from the obscurity of his contemporaries.