Alfred Lord Tennyson

(Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson)

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Born: August 6, 1809
  • Died: October 6, 1892
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Poet









Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson FRS was a British poet. He was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, "Timbuktu". He published his first solo collection of poems, Poems Chiefly Lyrical in 1830. "Claribel" and "Mariana", which remain some of Tennyson's most celebrated poems, were included in this volume. Although decried by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Tennyson's early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

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A day may sink or save a realm. Management & Managing Government
A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies. Truth ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.
A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times. Sympathy
All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.
And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men. Nature
Authority forgets a dying king.
Believe me, than in half the creeds.
Better not be at all than not be noble.
By blood a king, in heart a clown.
Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
God's finger touched him, and he slept. Religion & God
Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.
He makes no friends who never made a foe.
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.' Hope ;New Years
I am a part of all that I have met.
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
I the heir of all the ages, in the foremost files of time. Time
In the long years liker they must grow; The man be more of woman, she of man.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
Love is the only gold. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Men at most differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell. Women
My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
O earth, what changes hast thou seen!
Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.
Ring out the false, ring in the true. New Years
Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power. Power
Shape your heart to front the hour, but dream not that the hours will last.
Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.
So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
Such a one do I remember, whom to look at was love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts.
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men.
Theirs is not to make reply: Theirs is not to reason why: Theirs is but to do and die.
There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. Religion & God
There's no glory like those who save their country.
'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at our brother's shame; however you take it we men are a little breed.
What rights are those that dare not resist for them?
Who is wise in love, love most, say least. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within. Nature