Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate
of the United Kingdom and remains one of the most popular poets in the English
Tennyson excelled at penning short lyrics, including "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, although In Memoriam A.
H.H. was written to commemorate his best friend Arthur Hallam, a fellow poet and
classmate at Trinity College, Cambridge, who was engaged to Tennyson's sister, but died
from a cerebral hemorrhage before they were married. Tennyson also wrote some
notable blank verse including Idylls of the King, Ulysses, and Tithonus. During his career,
Tennyson attempted drama, but his plays enjoyed little success in his lifetime.
Tennyson wrote a number of phrases that've 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",
and "My strength's as the strength of ten, / Because my heart's pure". He's the second
most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare.
Partial list of works
• From Poems, Chiefly Lyrical (1830):
o The Dying Swan
o The Kraken
• Lady Clara Vere de Vere (1832)
• From Poems (1833):
o The Lady of Shalott (1832, 1842)
• From Poems (1842):
o Locksley Hall
o Vision of Sin
o The Two Voices (1834)
o "Ulysses" (1833)
• The Princess (1847)
o "Tears, Idle Tears"
• In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849)
• Ring Out, Wild Bells (1850)
• The Eagle (1851)
• The Sister's Shame
• The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854) - an early recording exists of Tennyson
• Maud (1855/1856)
• Enoch Arden (1862/1864)
• Flower in the crannied wall (1869)
• The Window - Song cycle with Arthur Sullivan. (1871)
• Harold (1876) - began a revival of interest in King Harold
• Idylls of the King (composed 1833-1874)
• Locksley Hall Sixty Years After (1886)
• Crossing the Bar (1889)
• The Foresters - a play with incidental music by Arthur Sullivan (1891)
• Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal - it appeared as a song in the film Vanity Fair, with
musical arrangement by Mychael Danna
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