1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

John Bennet, in "Letters to a young Lady" American Museum [Philadelphia] 11 (January 1792) 11.



Cowper's poems are calculated to do considerable service. He has made the muses hand maids to religion. He has chosen verses, only as a vehicle for conveying instructions of so important a nature, as would not, by any means, have dishonoured the pulpit. His style is simple, bold, manly, spirited, and energetic, his judgment, strong and penetrating; his metaphors, forcible and happily conceived: his observations on life and manners, accurate; and his satire, just and poignant.