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After his best friend’s death, Alfred Tennyson wrote some of his best poems about his grief and losing someone special in your life. As a child, growing up for Alfred Tennyson was a struggle. He dealt with family tension, and alcoholic and abusive father and mental illnesses. Alfred Lord Tennyson was born on August 6th, 1809. He was the fourth child of twelve.
“While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the window pane” ("Billy Collins > Quotes"). According to Bruce Weber of the New York Times, Billy Collins, unique to his own “domestic,” “suburban,” or “middle class” point of view, is hailed as “the most popular poet in America” due to high critical acclaim and broad popular appeal that is only matched by Robert Frost . According to John Updike, his poems are “limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides” (“Billy Collins”). In “The History Teacher,” a poem by Billy Collins, Collins uses irony, euphemisms, and understatements to invoke a sense of humor and expose the reader to fallacies of modern teachings as an act of preventing history from repeating itself. Born as William James Collins on March 22, 1941, to Katherine and William Collins in Queens, New York as an only child, Billy Collins grew up with an innate affinity for literature.