British Poets Laureate
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Since the reign of Charles II the Poet Laureate has been appointed by the monarch. Before this various poets had been attached to or given commissions by, the Court. Ben Jonson is often called England's first Poet Laureate as he received a pension granted by his patron James I. Originally they were appointed for life but since 1999 they are appointed for a fixed term of 10 years.
Appointed by Victoria "The Season: a Satire" "To England"
Appointed by Victoria - â€œThe Charge of the Light Brigadeâ€ â€œTears, Idle Tearsâ€ â€œCrossing the Barâ€ â€œIn Memoriam A.H.H.â€ â€œUlyssesâ€ â€œTithonusâ€
Appointed by Elizabeth II - "The Letter"
Appointed by Elizabeth II â€“ The Worldâ€™s Wife
Appointed by Elizabeth II - "Newsreel"
Appointed by George III - "Alfred"
Appointed by Elizabeth II - "Christmas" "Slough" "The Conversion of St Paul"
Appointed by Charles II â€“ â€œAstraea Reduxâ€ â€œAnnus Mirabilisâ€ â€œAbsalom and Achitophelâ€
Appointed by George V - "The Everlasting Mercy" "Sea-Fever" "Reynard The Fox"
Appointed by George I - "The Origin Of The Knights Of The Bath"
Appointed by William III and Mary II - "Panacea, a poem on Tea"
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"
Appointed by George V -"Melancholia" "The Evening Darkens Over" The Testament of Beauty
Appointed by George III - "God's Judgement on a Wicked Bishop" â€œThe Inchcape Rockâ€ â€œAfter Blenheimâ€ â€œCataract of Lodoreâ€
Appointed by Elizabeth I - The Complaint of Rosamond"
Appointed by Elizabeth II.
Appointed by Elizabeth II - Crow Moortown Diary Wolfwatching Tales from Ovid
Appointed by William III and Mary II - "Dear Pretty Youth"
Appointed by George III - "The Triumph of Isis" "To the River Lodon"
Appointed by Charles I - "A Discourse upon Gondibert, an heroick poem"
Appointed by George II - "On Ridicule" "The Enthusiast" "The Je Ne Scai Quoi"
Appointed by Victoria - â€œI Wandered Lonely as a Cloudâ€ â€œThe Preludeâ€ â€œTintern Abbeyâ€ The Lucy poems â€œThe World Is Too Much with Usâ€
Facts contributed by:
Allan R. Matthes