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.


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 exclave 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 with Rich...
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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]

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

    When Tom to Cambridge first was sent, ...
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Latlr62: “a liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.” –william shenstone
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Andreasimonsen4: “a liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.” –william shenstone
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When Pa Gets Back
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the railroad track,
Or a big boat ride, which he often does,
Oh, I 'm orful glad when he's back becoz
Jes' as soon as he's kissed my ma an' me
He laffs, an' says: 'Come along an' see
The wonderful things in my old black grip,
The things I got on my little trip.'


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