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Poet Laureates of England

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Since the times of Henry VII the Poet Laureate has been appointed by the monarch. Originally they were appointed for life but since 1999 they are appointed for a fixed term of 10 years.

23 facts:

Alfred Austin
   was appointed in   
1896
Appointed by Victoria "The Season: a Satire" "To England"
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
   was appointed in   
1850
Appointed by Victoria - “The Charge of the Light Brigade” “Tears, Idle Tears” “Crossing the Bar” “In Memoriam A.H.H.” “Ulysses” “Tithonus”
Andrew Motion
   was appointed in   
1999
Appointed by Elizabeth II - "The Letter"
Ben Jonson
   was appointed in   
1616
Appointed by James I - "Epigrams" "On My First Son" "To Penshurst" "To Celia" “Underwoods”
Carol Ann Duffy
   was appointed in   
2009
Appointed by Elizabeth II – The World’s Wife
Cecil Day-Lewis
   was appointed in   
1968
Appointed by Elizabeth II - "Newsreel"
Colley Cibber
   was appointed in   
1730
Appointed by George II
Henry James Pye
   was appointed in   
1790
Appointed by George III - "Alfred"
John Betjeman
   was appointed in   
1972
Appointed by Elizabeth II - "Christmas" "Slough" "The Conversion of St Paul"
John Dryden
   was appointed in   
1668
Appointed by Charles II – “Astraea Redux” “Annus Mirabilis” “Absalom and Achitophel”
John Masefield
   was appointed in   
1930
Appointed by George V - "The Everlasting Mercy" "Sea-Fever" "Reynard The Fox"
Laurence Eusden
   was appointed in   
1718
Appointed by George I - "The Origin Of The Knights Of The Bath"
Nahum Tate
   was appointed in   
1692
Appointed by William III and Mary II - "Panacea, a poem on Tea"
Nicholas Rowe
   was appointed in   
1715
Appointed by George I - "A Poem upon the Late Glorious Successes of Her Majesty's Arms" Poems on Several Occasions Maecenas "Ode for the New Year MDCCXVI"
Robert Bridges
   was appointed in   
1913
Appointed by George V -"Melancholia" "The Evening Darkens Over" The Testament of Beauty
Robert Southey
   was appointed in   
1813
Appointed by George III - "God's Judgement on a Wicked Bishop" “The Inchcape Rock” “After Blenheim” “Cataract of Lodore”
Samuel Daniel
   was appointed in   
1599
Appointed by Elizabeth I - The Complaint of Rosamond"
Ted Hughes
   was appointed in   
1984
Appointed by Elizabeth II - Crow Moortown Diary Wolfwatching Tales from Ovid
Thomas Shadwell
   was appointed in   
1689
Appointed by William III and Mary II - "Dear Pretty Youth"
Thomas Warton
   was appointed in   
1785
Appointed by George III - "The Triumph of Isis" "To the River Lodon"
William Davenant
   was appointed in   
1638
Appointed by Charles I - "A Discourse upon Gondibert, an heroick poem"
William Whitehead
   was appointed in   
1757
Appointed by George II - "On Ridicule" "The Enthusiast" "The Je Ne Scai Quoi"
William Wordsworth
   was appointed in   
1843
Appointed by Victoria - “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” “The Prelude” “Tintern Abbey” The Lucy poems “The World Is Too Much with Us”


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Allan R. Matthes








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