Cowper-wrote "The Task" because his patron asked him to write
about a sofa. He was crazy; had bouts of insanity throughout his life.
Insane the last four years.
Line 120, tells what he eats when he’s roaming through the woods. It
tastes bad because he’s use to eating "culinary" foods
Line 131, as we age, life takes away stuff you’d like to keep
Line 749, God made country; man made town. He prefers country.
BookII, Line 40
Slaves cannot breathe in England
Slavery not abolished until 1807; remained in colonies until 1833
Beginning of abolishment of slavery. Ideal of freedom is a myth.
He was wounded (deer) and Jesus made him whole.