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."
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.