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The Life Of Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Alfred Lord Tennyson, born August 6, 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire, was a famous British poet. He was the son of George Clayton Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche; he was the fourth oldest out of twelve. Tennyson belonged to a noble and royal ancestry. His father was a great man that made significant contributions in the fields of painting, architecture, music, and poetry. His father was very involved in his children’s education. Alfred and two of his brothers were sent to Louth Grammar School, in 1816. When Alfred was only seventeen years old, he and his brothers had a combined collection of poems. After four years of grammar school, he enrolled himself in Scaitcliffe School, Englefield Green, ...view middle of the document...

While Alfred was living in London, he published two volumes of “Poems”. The first collection consisted of old poems that had already been published before. However, the second collection included entirely new ones. This poem collection included famous poems, such as: “Locksley Hall”, “Tithonus”, and “Ulysses”. 1850 was the golden years for Tennyson. He finally published his dedication to his best friend, “In Memoriam A.H.H”. That same year, he was given the privilege of being appointed as the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, succeeding William Wordsworth. While on the post, Tennyson produced many different appropriate verses which included, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, “Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington” and “Ode Sung at the Opening of the International Exhibition”.

Queen Victoria was an admirer of Tennyson’s writings. In 1884, she made him the Baron Tennyson of Aldworth in the County of Sussex and of Freshwater in the Isle of Wight. In both 1865 and 1868, he was offered baronetcy, which he refused to accept. However, in 1883, he finally accepted. On March 11, 1884, he took his seat in the House of Lords. In the last few years of his life, Tennyson wrote about his religious beliefs, how he dared convention, and also about leaning towards agnosticism and pandeism. “There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds” was stated in “In Memoriam”, and “The churches have killed their Christ” which he wrote in “Maud”. Those were two of his famous religious comments. In 1889, Alfred wrote the famous short poem “Crossing the Bar”. He also published “Demeter and other Poems”, in the same year. That collection included the charming retrospective “To Mary Boyle”, “The Progress of Spring”, and “Merlin and the Gleam”. In 1892, his play, The Forester, was successfully produced in New York City. Despite his ill health issues, he was able to proof and correct his mistakes in his last volume, such as: “The Death of Oenone”, “Akbar’s Dream”, and other poems.

Tennyson wrote literally until his last days. He died at age eighty-three, on October 6, 1892. Later on, a memorial was made to honor him in All Saints’ Church, Freshwater. Alfred Lord Tennyson was very much respected and had much talent. He worked hard and focused on what was important for him to do in life. He made a living off of something that he loved doing. He didn’t let other people’s criticism get in the way of being successful. It may have taken him a little while to bounce back after being negatively criticized, but he realized that he didn’t need to give up writing because of people’s opinions.

Tennyson’s religious views were changed immensely when one of his best friends, and his sister’s fiancé (Arthur Hallam) unexpectedly passed away. Soon after Hallam’s passing, Tennyson went on to publish one of the greatest poems of all time, In Memoriam A.H.H. There are many quotes from In Memoriam about Tennyson’s religion. He probably lost almost all of his...

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