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The Tennyson Society

Welcome to the Tennyson Society

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is perhaps today the best-known poet of the Victorian Age. Born in Lincolnshire in 1809, he became Poet Laureate in 1850 and is famous world-wide for such poems as ‘The Lady of Shalott’, ‘Ulysses’ and ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’. He is quoted frequently today – such lines as ‘Nature, red in tooth and claw’ or ‘Men may come and men may go, but I go on forever’ have become part of our language, while the last line of ‘Ulysses’ – ‘To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield’ – was inscribed on the wall of the Athletes’ Village at the 2012 London Olympics. The unsurpassable beauty and musicality of Tennyson’s poetry continues to inspire readers and writers and he is a powerful presence in school and university syllabuses across the globe. His views on politics and culture range from liberal and radical to reactionary and conservative and are essential reading as we seek to evaluate the relationship between our own values and the beliefs and assumptions of the Victorian Age.      

The Tennyson Society was founded in 1960 by Sir Charles Tennyson, the poet’s grandson, with the aim of promoting the study of Tennyson’s poetry. In its annual Research Bulletin it now publishes new material on Tennyson’s life, work and contemporaries. Based in Lincoln UK, it is a truly International Society, with members in the UK, USA, Canada, India, Japan, Australia and elsewhere, and a series of international conferences have brought distinguished Tennyson scholars to Lincoln from across the world. Each year we hold a series of events in Lincoln as well as an annual Tennyson Weekend in, for example, the Isle of Wight or the Lake District. We now also have Zoom events and lectures which bring our large international membership together. We very much welcome new members, so please explore our website to find out more about us.