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Famous poets :: Alfred Lord Tennyson biography :



                  Alfred Lord Tennyson


Heralded as one of the most well-known poets of the 19th century, Alfred Lord Tennyson certainly had a lot of poetic inspirations in the form of his early-life struggles and drama.


Born in 1809, Tennyson was only one of the twelve children of Rev. George Clayton Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche Tennyson. The Tennyson family had to survive on George’s earnings as a clergyman since he was disowned by his wealthy father.


At a young age of 17, Tennyson already saw his poems published locally in a collection of works, including those of his two elder brothers. In 1830 while attending Trinity College in Cambridge, Tennyson published “Poems Chiefly Lyrical”, the first collection of poems under his name, which subsequently gave him a fair amount of fame. However, misfortune struck him with the death of his father, the abandonment of his schooling (due to the death of his father), and his forbidden relationship with eventual wife Emily Sellwood.


From 1842 to 1847, Tennyson added more to his list works, including “The Princess” and two volumes of “Poems”, which were both met with success. The good poet finally struck gold in 1850 when he succeeded William Wordsworth as the Court’s Poet Laureate. During the same time, he finished one of his most famous works entitled “In Memoriam A.H.H”, which was dedicated to his bestfriend Arthur Hallam.


Other famous works of Tennyson during his days as Poet Laureate include his epic on the tale of King Arthur and Camelot entitled “Idylls of the King” (1859), his poem “Locksley Hall Sixty Years After” (1886), and “Crossing the Bar”.


Tennyson stayed on as the Court’s Poet Laureate until his death on 6th October, 1892.


Famous poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson :

Sir Galahad

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Vivien's Song

The Lady of Shalott

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Come Into The Garden Maud

The Miller's Daughter

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Song From Maud

Marriage Morning

Cradle Song

The Death Of The Old Year

The Lotos-Eaters

And Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream

Northern Farmer

The Ballad Of Oriana

A Farewell


Tears, Idle Tears




Books of poetry by Alfred Lord Tennyson :

Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson


Book Description

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the word and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road runs by
To many-tower'd Camelot.
--From The Lady of Shalott

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poems found inspiration in sources as diverse as Greek myths (Tithonius), Arthurian legends (Idylls of the King), Shakespeare (Mariana), and contemporary history (Charge of the Light Brigade). But his most famous and heartfelt work, In Memoriam, came from personal tragedy: the death of his close friend, Arthur Hallam. All these, and many other of his finest poems, are included in this superb collection.


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