Laureateship under the Reign of Queen Victoria

Mohammed Kasim Harmoush


Many foreign learners of English in our Middle Eastern universities encounter terms such as poet laureate or laureateship without troubling themselves to search for the origin of these terms, or even taking enough time to specify their true meanings or identify the poets honoured with the title of poet laureate, and how the candidates are selected in Victorian times. This paper is designed to give answers to the above speculations. Upon reviewing many sources in this regard, we become sure that the title of Laureateship is often offered by the authority to a man of letters not necessary very well-known poet, but to a man who could serve the Queen by writing poems or articles celebrating her royal occasions and sharing her the same political taste.

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