Who is William Shenstone

William Shenstone (18 November 1714 – 11 February 1763) was an English poet and one of the earliest practitioners of landscape gardening through the development of his estate, The Leasowes.

Biography Son of Thomas Shenstone and Anne Penn, daughter of William Penn of Harborough Hall, then in

Hagley (now Blakedown), Shenstone was born at the Leasowes, Halesowen on 18 November 1714. At that time this was an enclave of Shropshire within the county of Worcestershire and now in the West Midlands. Shenstone received part of his formal education at Halesowen Grammar School (now The Earls High School). In 1741, Shenstone became bailiff to the feoffees of Halesowen Grammar School.

While attending Solihull School, he began a lifelong friendship ...
Read Full Biography


William Shenstone Poems

  • Song Xi. - Perhaps It Is Not Love
    Perhaps it is not love, said I,
    That melts my soul when Flavia's nigh;
    Where wit and sense like hers agree,
    One may be pleased, and yet be free. ...
  • Elegy Xxiii. Reflections Suggested By His Situation
    Born near the scene for Kenelm's fate renown'd,
    I take my plaintive reed, and range the grove,
    And raise my lay, and bid the rocks resound
    The savage force of empire, and of love. ...
  • A Parody
    When first, Philander, first I came
    Where Avon rolls his winding stream,
    The nymphs, how brisk, the swains, how gay,
    To see Asteria, queen of May! ...
  • The Speeches Of Sloth And Virtue
    [Upon the Plan of Xenophen's Judgment of Hercules]

    SLOTH
    ...
  • Extent Of Cookery
    Aliusque et idem.
    (Another and the same).

    When Tom to Cambridge first was sent, ...
Read All Poems


Top 10 most used topics by William Shenstone

I Love You 45 Love 45 Song 29 Soft 25 Power 24 Hear 24 Never 24 Alone 24 Gentle 23 Mind 23


William Shenstone Quotes

Read All Quotes


Comments about William Shenstone

  • Justin48345301: anger is a great force. if you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world. - william shenstone
  • Muthuje: virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. william shenstone gm to all
  • Pepecovfefe45: "a liar begins with making a falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood" -william shenstone
  • Nahead10: come to warminster & find a 400 yr oldbook about william shenstone & leasowes park, round the corner from us in halesowen! how mad is that!?
  • Welfordwrites: a fool and his words are soon parted. william shenstone
Read All Comments

Write your comment about William Shenstone


Poem of the day

James Joyce Poem
Now, O Now In This Brown Land
 by James Joyce

Now, O now, in this brown land
Where Love did so sweet music make
We two shall wander, hand in hand,
Forbearing for old friendship' sake,
Nor grieve because our love was gay
Which now is ended in this way.

A rogue in red and yellow dress
...

Read complete poem

Popular Poets