Lord Alfred Tennyson.

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Lord Alfred Tennyson

He was born on the 5th august, 1809 at Somersby in Lincolnshire. He was the fourth of the twelve children in his family. His father was George Clayton Tennyson, a clergyman and rector, suffering from depression and was notoriously inattentive. His mother, Elizabeth, had a genious merely for moral excellence and for religon, and it is presumed that Tennyson’s genius derived from her.

Alfred begins write poetry at an early age, in the style of Lord Byron. After four unhappy years in school, he was taught by his father. While he was only 12 years old, he composed a 6000line epic poem, and he wrote many more great poems throught his teens. He then attends Trinity College at Cambridge, where he joined the literary club "The Apostles" and met Arthur Hallam, who became his closest friend. He published "Poems by two brothers" with his brother, Frederik, in the same year. He wins  Chancellor’s Prize Medal with his poem "Timbuctoo" in 1829 (20 years old), and publishes "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical" the following year.

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However, his next book, "Poems" in 1833 receives unfavourable reviews and he refrained from publishing another book for nearly ten years. Hallam dies that year so suddenly in Vienna and Tennyson began to write "In Memoriam" as an elegy for his lost friend, and this took seventeen years to complete.

"The Lady of Shalott", "The Lotus-eaters" "Morte d'Arthur" and "Ulysses" appeared in 1842 in the two-volume "Poems" and established his reputation as a writer. This made him a very popular poet and in 1845, he received a Civil List pension of £200 a year, which helped him relieve his ...

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