Born at Somersby, Lincolnshire, England, the fourth of twelve children
Educated at home by his father
Composes a 6,000-line epic poem
Composes "The Devil and the Lady"
Enters Cambridge University. Publishes, with brother Charles, Poems by Two Brothers
Meets his best-friend-to-be, Arthur Henry Hallam. Wins the Chancellor's Prize Medal with his poem "Timbuctoo"
Publishes Poems, Chiefly Lyrical. With Hallam, joins insurgent army in Spain for a time.
Father dies. Leaves Cambridge.
Publishes Poems. Arthur Henry Hallam dies.
Begins courtship of Emily Sellwood.
Republishes Poems, with additions. His fame is established.
Publishes In Memoriam (to the memory of Arthur Hallam). Marries Emily Sellwood. Queen Victoria appoints him Poet Laureate of England.
Their first child is born dead.
Birth of Hallam Tennyson (to become the second Lord Tennyson).
Publishes Maud, and Other Poems.
Publishes the first poems of Idylls of the King; 10,000 copies sell in one month.
Publishes Enoch Arden.
Publishes The Holy Grail and Other Poems.
Publishes "The Last Tournament".
Completes Idylls of the King (except for "Balin and Balan").
Publishes Ballads and Other Poems.
Made a Baron.
Publishes Tiresias and Other Poems.
Publishes Demeter and Other Poems.
Tennyson dies after a long illness.
But what am I?
An infant crying in the night:
An infant crying for the light,
And with no language but a cry.