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Alfred Lord Tennyson (born Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, 1809-1892) is one of England's greatest poets and is second only to William Shakespeare as the most quoted of all writers (according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations). Tennyson became Great Britain's Poet Laureate following the death of William Wordsworth in 1850, and he remained immensely popular during most of his lifetime. Born to the middle class (though having royal lineage), Tennyson was made a baron by his admirer, Queen Victoria, in 1884, taking his seat in the House of Lords. Tennyson's most notable works are probably "The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854)," one of the most famous of all 19th century poems; and his 12-part blank verse Idylls of the King (1856-1885), a retelling of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. Other works include Ulysses (1833), The Lady of Shalott (1832) and In Memoriam A. H. H. (1850). Tennyson was first published when he was just 17, but following the critically unkind reception of Lady of Shalott, he published nothing for a decade.
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