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Biography of Alfred Tennyson Alfred Tennyson was born into an old Lincolnshire family and was the fourth of twelve children He went to school with Frederick and Charles two of his brothers in 1815 at Louth grammar school Tennyson left school in 1820 as he was unhappy but under difficult conditions his father gave him a broad education Before he had reached his teens he had already written in the styles of Sir Walter Scott Alexander Pope and John Milton As Tennyson lived in the countryside he included a lot of his surroundings in his poems In 1821 he wrote a 6000 line poem and in 1824 he wrote The Devil and the Lady Alfred and Charles joined Frederick at Trinity College at Cambridge in 1827 At this time Alfred found Arthur Hallum who then became the best friend of his life and with his brother Charles they composed a book of poems called Poems by two Brothers Alfred with his new friend became a member of the Apostles that were a group of people with high intellectual interests As he was in this club his reputation for writing excellent poems increased dramatically In 1829 Tennyson won the chancellors gold medal with the poem named Timbuctoo In 1831 when Alfreds father died he also discovered that his father had a few debts With the help of his grandfather Alfred was able to make financial arrangements As a result of his fathers death Alfred decided to leave Cambridge without a degree Tennyson went in a bit of a slump in 1833 as his best friend Arthur Hallum died His brothers Edward Charles and Septimus were suffering from a mental disorder and his work wasnt at his best At this time he also published another book of poems named Poems which included Ulysses and probably the first draft of Morte dArthur In 1836 he starts seeing Emily Sellwood and marries her
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