William Shenstone: The School-Mistress

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  • Sandro Jung (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

William Shenstone (1714-63), poet, landscape gardener and arbiter of taste, is remembered for a handful of poetic compositions, among which The School-Mistress is ranked his most important. Shenstone was an avid reader and continued to revise his poetry throughout his life, a fact explaining the numerous variants of his poems. There are three different versions of The School-Mistress, the first published in his juvenile Oxford collection of Poems on Various Occasions of 1737. The poem was revised for separate publication in 1742 and further revised and enlarged (35 stanzas) for the publication in its final form in 1748 in Robert Dodsley's Collection of Poems by Several Hands.

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Jung, Sandro. "The School-Mistress". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7653, accessed 30 September 2016.]