1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Robert Burns to Dr. John Moore, 2 August 1787; Works, ed Douglas (1877-79) 4:13.



It was in vain to think of doing any more good at school.... I returned home considerably improved. My reading was enlarged with the very important addition of Thomson's and Shenstone's works: I had seen mankind in a new phasis; and I engaged several of my schoolfellows to keep up a literary correspondence with me.