August 6, 2012 - Happy Birthday, Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"The Lady of Shalott"
was one of Tennyson's
many famous poems.

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers...”

            “He makes no friends who never made a foe...”

So many words, so much to do, so little done, such things to be...”

Alfred Tennyson was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during the Victorian Age. He wrote such important works as “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Idylls of the King,” and “Ulysses.”

Many of his words have become common quotes:

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...”

Born on this date in 1809, in England, Tennyson won a gold medal for one of his poems when he was just 20 years old, and he won the admiration of his queen for his later words and works. He served as Poet Laureate longer than any other poet before or since, and he was given the great honor of being made a baron (hence the term “Lord” in his name).

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