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Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet. 2: The Task
Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cowper on Thursdays, 2pm every Thursday in August. Poetry expert Ben Field will be giving informal introductions to different aspects of the poet’s life and work. Come along to this special series of events and hear more about the man who lived and worked here at Orchard Side. The talks will be around 20 minutes, followed by questions. Each talk will stand alone, but all will be fascinating, so come along to them all if you can!
Usual admission applies.
Thursday 3 August
Most to be deplored: Cowper on Slavery
This talk will look at the slavery poems, putting them in the context of Cowper’s friendship with John Newton and the history of abolition.
Thursday 10 August
Why read ‘The Task’?
‘The Task’ is Cowper’s longest work and his greatest achievement as a poet. At more than five thousand lines, however, it is often found daunting and left unread. Find out more about this acclaimed poem and why it is Cowper’s masterpiece.
Thursday 17 August
Thy worn out heart will break at last: Cowper’s Love Poetry
As a poet and a man William Cowper was a great lover of nature, of friendship, and an admirer of love itself. In this talk we will learn about important relationships in his life, and look at the love poems inspired by them.
Thursday 24 August
Hatred and Vengeance: Cowper’s battle with depression
One of the best-known aspects of Cowper’s life is his long struggle with ‘insanity’. This talk will present extracts from journals and letters, giving context to his remarkable poems of madness, including ‘Hatred and Vengeance’ and ‘The Castaway’.
Thursday 31 August
‘Hares that had a friend’: Cowper’s Pets
Hares have always been unusual pets – but William Cowper was an unusual man. Te wrote about his three pet hares, Bess, Tiney, and Puss. This talk presents material about the hares from both prose and poetry, and in addition, explores the suitability of hares as pets today.