Monday, 25 May 2009

Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809 - 1892

The Lincolnshire Wolds where Tennyson was born and spent his early years are rounded hills cloaked in fields and pastures. These beautiful fertile hills and valleys coloured with the changing crops of wheat, barley, rye, rape and poppy, lie between the low fenlands and the sea.

We live just on the edge of the fens and pass through the wolds on our family trips to the seaside near Mablethorpe. We've sometimes stopped on the way to visit Somersby; the little village where Tennyson was born. It's odd to think that such a sleepy village on the other end of Bag Enderby could have produced the most famous Victorian poet. After Shakespeare, Tennyson is the most quoted writer in the English language.

The 4th son of 12 children, Alfred Tennyson went on to become the Poet Laureate. Among his friends and admirers were Gladstone, Browning and Edward Lear, not to mention Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.

The film dramatization of Tennyson's poem The Lady of Shalott opens to the general public for viewing at The Collection Museum in Lincoln this week. It will be available for viewing through out the summer. Click the Wag Screen icon on the right for more details.

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