Alfred Tennyson (1809-92) an English poet known especially for his long narrative poems (= ones that tell a story). He made his reputation with the poem In Memoriam, which he wrote after the sudden death of his close friend Arthur Hallam and published in 1850. The same year he was made Poet Laureate. His other well-known poems include The Lady of Shalott, Maud, Idylls of the King and The Charge of the Light Brigade. He was made a baron in 1884.