Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Right Honourable
The Lord Tennyson

1869 Carbon print by Julia Margaret Cameron |
Born | 6 August 1809
Somersby, Lincolnshire, England
United Kingdom |
Died | 6 October 1892 (aged 83)
Haslemere, Surrey, England
United Kingdom |
Occupation | Poet laureate |
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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular poets in the English language.
Tennyson excelled at penning short lyrics, "In the Valley of Cauteretz", "Break, Break, Break", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Tears, Idle Tears" and "Crossing the Bar". Much of his verse was based on classical mythological themes, such as Ulysses, although In Memoriam A.H.H. was written to commemorate his best friend Arthur Hallam, a fellow poet and fellow student at Trinity College, Cambridge, who was engaged to Tennyson's sister, but died from acerebral hemorrhage before they were married. Tennyson also wrote some notable blank verseincluding Idylls of the King, "Ulysses," and "Tithonus." During his career, Tennyson attempteddrama, but his plays enjoyed little success.
Tennyson wrote a number of phrases that have become commonplaces of the English language, including "Nature, red in tooth and claw", "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all", "Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die", "My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure", "Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers", and "The old order changeth, yielding place to new". He is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare [1] and others.
Contents [hide]   * 1 Early life   * 2 Education and first publication   * 3 Return to Lincolnshire and second publication   * 4 Third publication   * 5 The Poet Laureate...