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Isle unveiling Tennyson monument

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Tennyson moved to the Isle of Wight when he was in his forties

A monument to Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson has been unveiled on the Isle of Wight to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The former poet laureate, originally from Lincolnshire, moved to the island in 1853 and went on to write some of his most famous poems there.

A slate panel edged with words from his poem Crossing the Bar was installed above Freshwater Bay in his memory.

Tennyson's restored library at his Isle of Wight home was also opened.

The monument, a toposcope, which indicates the direction and distance to visible landmarks, has been located next to the Tennyson Memorial on the Freshwater Bay cliff top.

The original bronze toposcope was stolen 20 years ago.

The new polished black slate panel shows local landmarks and feature the words:

"Sunset and Evening Star

And one clear call for me

And may there be no moaning of the bar

When I put out to sea."

Tennyson moved to his Isle of Wight home, Farringford, when he was in his 40s.

It was there that he wrote some of his best-known works, including The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854), Idylls of the King (1859) and Crossing the Bar (1889).

He also played host to many of the country's leading politicians and leading cultural figures of the time, such as Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone, scientist Charles Darwin, the writers Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll and poet Robert Browning.

The toposcope was unveiled on an existing granite cairn at 1030 BST.

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Tennyson spent much of his life on the Island and wrote several of his best known works there



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