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]

  • 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

  • Jpatrickstr: looks like the william shenstone at 9am
  • Wordsquotefact: jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it. - william shenstone
  • Welfordwrites: a fool and his words are soon parted. william shenstone
  • Schiasson3: william shenstone quote: a liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and...
  • Truequotation: every truth has two sides it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either. — william shenstone
Read All Comments

Write your comment about William Shenstone

Poem of the day

Ernest Dowson Poem
 by Ernest Dowson

Come not before me now, O visionary face!
Me tempest-tost, and borne along life's passionate sea;
Troublous and dark and stormy though my passage be;
Not here and now may we commingle or embrace,
Lest the loud anguish of the waters should efface
The bright illumination of thy memory,
Which dominates the night; rest, far away from me,
In the serenity of thine abiding-place!

Read complete poem

Popular Poets