1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

George Dyer, in Poems (1802) 1:xxv-xxvi.



Shenstone has long been acknowledged as the lady's poet; and his four lyrical ballads, with such of his odes as express the querulousness of disappointed love, are tender and pleasing: the sentiment is natural and pathetic; the numbers are soft and soothing. But his pictures, if I may so speak, are too minute and local, the productions of a man, always serenading the birds in his own garden, and whose views, as Gray expresses it, were bounded by the Leasowes. Shenstone is an agreeable poet, but never sublime.