Named after William Cowper (November 26, 1731 – April 25, 1800) one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Fiercely against slavery, one of his best known works was The Negro’s Complaint written in AD1788 which was often quoted by Martin Luther King Jr. But he is probably best known for his translations, from the Greek, of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, published in AD1791. The road is one of a cluster in the area that gives its name to the unofficial title the Poets’ estate, which includes Blake Close, Browning Close, Burns Close, Chaucer Road, Keats Road, Milton Road, and Shelley Drive among others.
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