Born in 1714 in Halesowen (now Worcestershire) England living at the family home 'The Leasowes'. Halesowen, which, up to the early years of the 18th century was in part of Shropshire. He was educated at Solihull Grammar School, where he met and became firm friends with the future poet Richard Jago, before going on to study at Pembroke College, Oxford, but without taking a degree. On inheriting 'The Leasowes' he spent much time and money on landscaping the estate.
He was a poet of diverse taste, his father recognising his talent when a young boy, had strived to send his son to Oxford to study theology but William showed no real interest, preferring poetry, odes, elegies, ballads and ... more »
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- Daphne's Visit
- A Pastoral Ballad
- Elegy VI. To a Lady, On the Language of ...
- A Parody
- An Irregular Ode, After Sickness
- Elegy II. On Posthumous Reputation - To ...
- Colemira : A Culinary Eclogue
- A Pastoral Ode. To the Hon. Sir Richard ...
- A Pastoral Ballad IV: Disappointment
- Elegy IX. He Describes His Disinterested...
- Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in...
- A Pastoral Ballad II: Hope
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