Wednesday, October 06, 2010


When Poets Talk of Cottages...

William Cowper, letter to Lady Hesketh (November 26, 1786):
I think every day of those lines of Milton, and congratulate myself on having obtained before I am quite superannuated, what he seems not to have hoped for sooner.—
And may at length my weary age
Find out the peaceful hermitage!
For if it be not an hermitage at least it is a much better thing, and you must always understand my Dear, that when poets talk of Cottages, hermitages, and such like matters, they mean a house with 6 sashes in front, two comfortable parlours, a smart Stair-case, and three bed-chambers of convenient dimensions; in short, exactly such a house as this.

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