Tennyson, Alfred, 1st Baron

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Tennyson, Alfred, 1st Baron (1809–92) English poet. He became Poet Laureate in 1850. His massive oeuvre includes such patriotic classics as “Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington” (1852) and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (1855). Tennyson also wrote deeply personal utterances, such as “Crossing the Bar” (1889) and In Memoriam (1850) – an extended elegy for his friend Arthur Henry Hallam that is often regarded as his masterpiece. Other notable works include “The Lady of Shalott” (1832), Maud (1855), and the Arthurian epic finally published as Idylls of the King (1872–73).