Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson was a British poet. He was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, "Timbuktu." He published his first solo collection of poems, Poems Chiefly Lyrical in 1830. "Claribel" and "Mariana", which remain some of Tennyson's most celebrated poems, were included in this volume. Although decried by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Tennyson's early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Tennyson also excelled at penning short lyrics, such as "Break, Break, Break", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Tears, Idle Tears", and "Crossing the Bar".
|Born:||6 August 1809, Somersby, Lincolnshire, England|
|Died:||October 6, 1892, Lurgashall, Sussex, England|
|Resting place:||Westminster Abbey|
|Children:||2, including Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson|
|Alma mater:||Trinity College, Cambridge (no degree)|
|Occupation:||Poet Laureate (1850–1892)|
|Preceded by:||William Wordsworth|
|Succeeded by:||Alfred Austin|
About Alfred Lord Tennyson
A Victorian-era Poet Laureate of Great Britain, he remains one of England's best-known and most-quoted poets. His most famous poems include "The Lady of Shalott," "The Charge of the Light Brigade," "Crossing the Bar," and "The Lotos-Eaters."
He was a member of the Cambridge Apostles secret society at Trinity College, Cambridge in the late 1820s. He published his first work, a joint collection of his poetry and his brother's, in 1827.
He is known for the timeless line: "Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all."
He was born in Somersby, England to rector George Clayton Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche. He later married Emily Sellwood, with whom he subsequently had two children (Hallam and Lionel).
Tennyson's famous poem, "In Memoriam A.H.H.," was written for his friend and fellow poet, Arthur Hallam (Hallam had died shortly before he was to wed Tennyson's sister).
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