An illustration showing the garden at Somersby Rectory in Somersby, Lincolnshire
, where the English poet Alfred Tennyson
was born and raised. The village's influence is visible in Tennyson's work, and the British literary scholar Christopher Ricks
relates the following lines from In Memoriam A.H.H.
, describing Tennyson's abandonment of once-loved places after the death of his friend, to the rectory:
Unwatched, the garden bough shall sway,
The tender blossom flutter down,
Unloved, that beech will gather brown,
This maple burn itself away.
This illustration by William Edward Frank Britten served as frontispiece to a 1909 anthology of Tennyson's works.Illustration: William Edward Frank Britten; restoration: Adam Cuerden