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Stanzas on mortality subjoined to the Northampton bills of mortality, for several years by William Cowper

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Published by Printed by J. Haddon ... for Williams and son in London .
Written in English


  • Death,
  • Statistics,
  • Statistics & numerical data,
  • Poetry,
  • Mortality

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Edition Notes

Statementby W. Cowper
The Physical Object
Pagination11 pages, 1 unnumbered page ;
Number of Pages11
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26491743M

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  Her razor-wire stanzas in “The Glimmering Room,” even better than her fine debut, “Ruin” (Alice James Books, ), are full of too-young desolation angels, “the other almost-girls. A collection of the yearly bills of mortality, from to inclusive.: Together with several other bills of an earlier date. To which are subjoined: I. Natural and political observations on the bills of mortality: by Capt. John Graunt, F.R.S. reprinted from the sixth edition, in II.   I wrote this book in the hope of understanding what has happened. Mortality can be a treacherous subject. Some will be alarmed by the prospect of a doctor’s writing about the inevitability of decline and death. For many, such talk, however carefully framed, raises the specter of a society readying itself to sacrifice its sick and aged. In later stanzas of William Wordsworth's “Ode: On Intimations of Immortality,” nature provides a sense of wholeness for the speaker that transcends any conflict.

A useful overview, from , of the history of the Bills of Mortality can be read here, and another from , here. And from a more poetic response to such bills, see William Cowper's Stanzas on Mortality, a collection of his poems that were attached to the bills of mortality . Dr. Gawande writes that modern medicine can extend the limit of our mortality, but there is a finite boundary to that limit. This book is emotionally difficult because the reader and Dr. Gawande confront painful topics that one is loath to consider: aging, frailty and s: 12K. Being Mortal tackles the all too uncomfortable subject of mortality, and what it means to live and die well in life's last moments. In our modern world of medicine and technology, hospitals and doctors can always do more, but is more surgery or therapy always the right step at the end of life when positive outcomes are unlikely and severe side effects are guaranteed? Termed mortality! To invest existence with a stately air, Needs but to remember That the acorn there Is the egg of forests For the upper air! Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave.

Dryden Stanzas on the Death of Oliver Cromwell Astr a Redux; Annus Mirabilis Absalom and Achitophel Religio Laici; The Hind and the Panther (Classic Reprint) Posted on by xisic Oliver Cromwell and Charles II in the epideictic poetry of Andrew. William Knox, born Aug , is a Scottish poet who authored Harp of Zion (), The Songs of Israel (), and The Lonely Hearth, and Other Poems ().He died in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, on Novem The fact is, an awareness of our mortality can lead us to behave differently in the present. In the Middle Ages, the Black Death claimed the lives of about a third of the entire population of Europe. As a result, the catchphrase ‘memento mori’ (remember death) became very well-known and deeply shaped the way people lived their lives. Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is a poem by Thomas Gray, completed in and first published in The poem's origins are unknown, but it was partly inspired by Gray's thoughts following the death of the poet Richard West in