Alfred Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809 in Somersby, England. He was Poet Laureate of Great Britain during much of Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular British poets of all-time. Tennyson excelled at writing short poems and much of which was based on classical mythological themes. His monumental work, In Memoriam was written to commemorate the life of his best friend and fellow poet Arthur Hallam. A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplaces of the English language, including “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", "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield", "Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers." Tennyson died on October 6, 1892 at Aldworth, England and was buried within Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.
Michael Thomas Barry is the author of Literary Legends of the British Isles. The book can be purchased from Amazon through the following links:
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