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Abstract

2009 saw the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Tennyson, the most famous poet in the world in the Victorian period and Victoria’s Laureate. This article will detail the publications, events and media response which commemorated this bicentenary. Considering writers as diverse as Christopher Ricks, Mick Imlah, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Adam Foulds and Angela Leighton, as well as popular culture, current affairs and journalism, it will also provide an assessment (by its nature introductory) of Tennyson’s significance to the world ‘two hundred years after’.