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The Poplar Field Summary & Analysis
by William Cowper

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"The Poplar Field" (sometimes written as "The Poplar-Field") was published in 1785 by the English poet William Cowper (pronounced "Cooper"). In the poem, the speaker returns to a beloved field of trees after 12 years away, only to find that all the trees have been cut down. As the speaker laments the destruction of this beautiful place, the poem becomes a meditation on death and the disappearance of human pleasures. The poem's nuanced exploration of emotion, mortality, and the beauty and destruction of nature makes "The Poplar Field" an important precursor to the literary movement known as Romanticism.

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