Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), usually known as 'Alfred, Lord Tennyson', was the British Poet Laureate for the majority of Queen Victoria's reign. Immensely popular during his lifetime, he remains a well-known and well-loved poet. Amongst his best known poems are The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Lady of Shalott.
'Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And around about the prow she wrote,
The Lady of Shalott.'
It is interesting to note that the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) who photographed Tennyson and was a personal friend of his was the aunt of Virginia Woolf's mother, Julia Stephen. In 1923, Virginia Woolf began a play, a satirical farce called 'Freshwater', which she completed in 1935 (although it was lost to public view until 1969). It features her great aunt, Julia Cameron; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; the painter George Frederic Watts; and his wife, the actress Ellen Terry.