Tennyson Bicentenary

Radio 4's Great Lives celebrates 200th anniversary of Poet Laureate's birth

In this week's broadcast of Great Lives on BBC Radio 4, former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion celebrates the life of Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

The creator of 'Ulysses', 'In Memoriam', 'The Lady of Shalott' and 'Idylls of the King' was himself Poet Laureate for over 40 years, succeeding William Wordsworth. Hosted by Matthew Parris, the programme discusses the creative genius of the man T. S. Eliot said had "the finest ear of any English poet since Milton". Ann Thwaite, author of Emily Tennyson: The Poet's Wife, provides further details of the great poet's often-troubled life.

You can hear the programme broadcast on August 4 at 16.30 on Radio 4 and repeated on Friday 7 August at 23.00. For full details, click here. The Selected Poems of Tennyson, part of the Folio Poet's series, is still available in a beautiful edition – 448 pages, quarter-bound in leather, with an introduction by Ruth Padel and engravings by Ian Stephens. Details are available through this link.

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