The 200th anniversary of Lord Tennyson's birth (1809-1892) came and went on the 6th of August. Tennyson was a favourite of Queen Victoria, who found his penning of one of the greatest poem's of the 19th century a source of solace after the death of Prince Albert in 1861: "Next to the Bible, In Memoriam is my comfort." Queen Victoria made him the Poet Laureate following the death of Wordsworth.
Tennyson in 1862 with his wife Emily (1813-1896) and his sons Lionel (1854-1886) and Hallam (1852-1928), who later became the 2nd Governor-General of Australia.
Tennyson wrote a number of phrases that have become commonplaces of the English language, including: "Nature, red in tooth and claw", "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all", "Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die", "My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure", "Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers", and "The old order changeth, yielding place to new". He is the second most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare.
My tough lance thrusteth sure,
My strength is as the strength of ten,
Because my heart is pure.
Lord Tennyson is buried at Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey. Go there to read more of his works.