For the celebration, former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins was commissioned to write an ode to the monument.
But by 1845, he had a state pension and in November 1850, he was a surprise pick for poet laureate.
The New York Times called him "the poet laureate of medicine."
At his side, volunteering to help the wounded, is the poet laureate of the American Civil War himself, Walt Whitman.
But we must not pass over the institution of the Spruchsprecher, the poet laureate of the town.
From 1843 till his death in 1850 he was poet laureate of England.
Dryden was one of these; he was poet laureate during James's reign, and one of the queen's numerous admirers.
I mean to say that there would be no poet laureate to begin with.
One of the victims of his injudicious parsimony was the poet laureate.
The preposterous office of poet laureate should now be abolished.
The national poet in Britain. Historically, the poet laureate's duty has been to compose official poetry for the king's or queen's birthday and for great public occasions, such as victories in war, coronations, and births and weddings in the royal family. The poets laureate of Britain have included Geoffrey Chaucer, William Wordsworth, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Note: The largely ceremonial position of poet laureate was created in the United States in 1985.