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LIFE

OF

WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ

BY

ROBERT SOUTHEY, ESQ., LL. D.,

POET LAUREATE, ETC.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

Vol. II.

BOSTON:
OTIS, BROADERS, AND COMPANY.

SOLD ALSO BY
II. & E. PHINNEY, COOPERSTOWN, N. Y.

1843.

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IS sernions to Warburton.....................

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Of Dryden and Pope ........

Cowper not a reader of poetry ........

Bell's edition of the Poets .........

Dr. Johnson ..............

Cowper's rash judgment concerning the Lives of the Poets...
Collins ...........:::::

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Wilkes's promised edition of Churchill...
Churchill's last poem ..........
His epitaph .............
His monument at Sandham ....
Dedication of his Sernions to Warburton..

His hatred of Pope .........

Churchill depreciated after his death....

Cowper's admiration of him ....

Cowper's stock of classics ........

He calls himself a supercilious reader, but unjustly......

Public opinion prepared for the Task ......

Charm of verse .......

Gray's Elegy ........

Thornson's Winter.....

Leonidas ..............:::::

Increasing prevalence of blank verse

Mason's Elfrida and Caractacus brought on the stage ..

Shaksperean Commentators....

Warton and Percy...

Debased state of criticism ...

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Poems in Spenser's stanza ......

Legendary tales ........

No poet of any eminence in the field.......
The Task pitched in blank verse because of its theme ...........
Character of that poem..

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