Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was a popular poet. He wrote for the people and understood what they wanted. We know him for his poetic celebrations of great events and for his beautiful forays into Arthurian legend, but there was more to him than that. He was often at odds with the society he has come to symbolize, and his private life was far from the idyll we might expect. He had a high opinion of his work, and could stretch hospitality to the limits when he insisted on reading aloud his long poems in full! This illustrated talk tells the story of Tennyson’s life and work, against a background of public expectation. What emerges is a poet who at his best was a genius.