Alfred, Lord Tennyson


1809

Born at Somersby, Lincolnshire, England, the fourth of twelve children

1820-1827

Educated at home by his father

1821

Composes a 6,000-line epic poem

1823-1824

Composes "The Devil and the Lady"

1827

Enters Cambridge University. Publishes, with brother Charles, Poems by Two Brothers

1829

Meets his best-friend-to-be, Arthur Henry Hallam. Wins the Chancellor's Prize Medal with his poem "Timbuctoo"

1830

Publishes Poems, Chiefly Lyrical. With Hallam, joins insurgent army in Spain for a time.

1831

Father dies. Leaves Cambridge.

1833

Publishes Poems. Arthur Henry Hallam dies.

1836

Begins courtship of Emily Sellwood.

1842

Republishes Poems, with additions. His fame is established.

1850

Publishes In Memoriam (to the memory of Arthur Hallam). Marries Emily Sellwood. Queen Victoria appoints him Poet Laureate of England.

1851

Their first child is born dead.

1852

Birth of Hallam Tennyson (to become the second Lord Tennyson).

1855

Publishes Maud, and Other Poems.

1859

Publishes the first poems of Idylls of the King; 10,000 copies sell in one month.

1864

Publishes Enoch Arden.

1869

Publishes The Holy Grail and Other Poems.

1871

Publishes "The Last Tournament".

1872-1874

Completes Idylls of the King (except for "Balin and Balan").

1880

Publishes Ballads and Other Poems.

1883

Made a Baron.

1885

Publishes Tiresias and Other Poems.

1889

Publishes Demeter and Other Poems.

1892

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.