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Slough is one of my all time favorite poems, and earned the fourth star Some say Betjeman is an unsung British poet I think he is just enough sung. What a wonderful discovery John Betjeman s poetry is The intro promised that Betjeman is the type or poet that you want to have at your bedside and I find that to be true Very accessible, yet somehowprofound than most poetry I ve encountered, however fancy the language There were times I d ask my husband if he d like to hear a poem, and I d read aloud the next one, and we d both sit there gut punched afterwards I am confident that as I continue to live this life and experience my experiences, his words will appeal to me in new ways, too. This was my dad s book and a strange shelf fellow it made with the rest of his reading, centring as it did upon histories of recent conflict by which I mean WWII and Napoleon The best selling nature perhaps goes some way to explain its presence but not fully it was is simply an enigma This meant for a reading on two levels for me firstly, as a person reasonably well versed in poetry pun intended , it appealed on a personal level secondly it enabled me to play detective for my father s sensibilities which, I must add, seem no further illuminated by the reading Betjeman seems to me one who started with a great flourish, the likes of Slough and Death in Leamington grabbing the public attention and what masterpieces they are too, with lines such as swarm over death and the closing of the latter revealing an acid incisiveness that could creep in under the radar and provoke strong reactions in readers This he did not lose, although in his middle years fewer obvious examples spring to my mind Notable also among his earlier work is The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel, a poem revealing a sympathy between artists that transcended the homophobic mentality of the country in the Victorian and post Victorian era I remember Neil Tennant making an excellent reading of this on TV as part of a poetry series of some sort about 20 years ago and it really is a wonderful piece of writing.Betjeman then seemed to go on tour, writing snapshots of experience and repose within most of the boroughs of England including forays across some of our borders His England is a familiar one from our media but one that a child of the 70s can just about glimpse speeding out of sight into history well attended churches, nuclear families, tea on the lawn, etc It smacks a little of an earnest and nostalgic Larkin much of the time I do appreciate that this cannot have been intentional The approval of Merrie England must have made him a shoe in for the laureate role when it came up and a good fit he was too In these middle years there are some stand out works, such as his poem about poor Ebeneezer Jones as a child, his stealthy Lake District and his witty Seaside Golf It is in these years that the notable Diary of a Church Mouse presents a vicious ambush upon part time Christians and reminds you that beneath the landscapes and pastorals lies a line of barbarity in his writing that can cut to the quick of his subject.For me, his best work comes in the segment at the end of the collection from High and Low, as he recounts the death bed thoughts of dying men or their attendant families in dramatic monologue, and opens up a rather odd fascination with car crashes in particular the fatal effects of loss of concentration in modern motor cars In these the use of the killer last line in both senses of the word illuminates his maudlin subject and a jaunty rhythm gives the lie to his very serious messages At the last his poems show the sad elegaic sensibility behind Slough, the loss of a time of idyll and its replacement with facile and unwanted progress His characters exist in ruined towns, villages and countrysides, or die alone and undermourned in hospitals or on arterial roads the natural world mauled beyond recognition and the sense that we barely register what we lose everyday Betjeman was the cataloguer of these losses To put it in his succinct way Dr Ramsden cannot read the obituaries today He s dead, a sentiment that could be applied to so many of his subjects. Betjeman s verse is refreshing even unto this day It has a liveliness that is rare among poets, especially American ones with their false anguish and downhome country music feeling sorry for themselves verse No tortured genitalia for Sir John, no siree He gets down to business with laughing at the swells of urbane London and the misguided aristocrats from English public schools U.S private schools same same You don t know exactly how but you walk away after reading his poetry feeling wiser. As part of my annual book challenge I had to read a book of poetry not my normal reading fare So I picked John Betjeman as we d read some of his poems at High School What I didn t expect was how those few poems we did at school stood out from the rest and brought back such memories In fact the poems were so memorable I could almost quote them word for word as I read them again for the first time in 35 years Poems such as Death in Leamington , Upper Lambourne , Christmas and Youth and Age on Beaulieu River, Hants Other than these the poems were very English lamenting the loss of the English countryside, the different classes of English society, religion and showing a fascination with churches, graveyards and death. A DELIGHTFUL SERIOUS POET now THAT grabs me It insinuates that Both Sides of the Coin are being acknowledged.Also brings to mind a birthday card my Mum s older sister,Rosie, once sent me which carried the line He Who Laughs, Lasts In the introduction penned by the Earl of Birkenhead,he writes of the abysmal depression sometimes apparent in his verse and his avowed terror of death The use of humour might signify an avoidance of a reality, or a refusal to avoid reality Dorothy Parker s crisp last lines come to mind.Sentimental War Poems of horrendous deaths and slaughters make me suspicious of the poet.Or people who think the Holocaust need only concern the Jews the Victims or only says something negative about the German perpetrators To ask whether it might be saying something about the nature of every Human Being, that we all might be capable given certain conditions, extends rather than closes the evidence.My only worry is that 292 pages of such poetry might wear thin.I will have to get an Anthology of varied topics and poets to ward off an over exposure of what could very well be an excessive talent to be continued I read A Subaltern s Love Song in The Guardian the a few weeks ago, and thought it was pretty funny It got me interested in learningabout Betjeman and readingof his poetry I hadn t really intended to read this whole collection, but ended up enjoying many of the poems so much that I did read the book cover to cover He has some brilliant poems I like how he writes about big and sporty women, his teddy bear, parts of London I know and he beautifully describes Cornwall and its coast I also really like his poems about religion Summoned By Bells, the long poem at the end of the book, is a truly great autobiography. lovely poems but i can see why betjeman is not much discussed outside the uk he captures a particular time, place, class, gender of english experience in compelling and daredevil fashion but much of his particulars depend upon understanding already the code of a man s upper middle class 20th c english life well worth the effort, but for the rest of the world, betjeman requires some effort to crack beneath the trappings is a poet warmly attuned to the joys and shames of modern life. IntroductionMount Zion 1932 Death in Leamington Hymn The Varsity Students Rag The City An Eighteenth Century Calvinistic Hymn For Nineteenth Century Burials Camberley Croydon Westgate on Sea The Wykehamist The Sandemanian meeting house in Highbury QuadrantContinual Dew 1937 The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel Distant View of a Provincial Town Slough Clash went the Billiard Balls Love in a Valley An Impoverished Irish Peer Our Padre Exchange of Livings Undenominational City A Hike on the Downs Dorset Calvinistic Evensong Exeter Death of King George V The Heart of Thomas Hardy Suicide on Junction Road Station after Abstention from Evening Communion in North London The Flight from Bootle Public House DrunkOld Lights for New Chancels 1940 Cheltenham A Shropshire Lad Upper Lambourne Pot Pourri from a Surrey Garden Holy Trinity, Sloane Street On Seeing an Old Poet in the Caf Royal An Incident in the Early Life of Ebenezer Jones, Poet, 1828 Trebetherick Oxford Sudden Illness at the Bus stop Group Life Letchworth Bristol and Clifton Sir John Piers Myfanwy Myfanwy at Oxford Lake District In Westminster Abbey Senex Olney Hymns On a Portrait of a Deaf Man Saint Cadoc BlackfriarsNew Bats in Old Belfries 1945 Henley on Thames Parliament Hill Fields A Subaltern s Love Song Bristol On an Old Fashioned Water Colour of Oxford A Lincolnshire Tale St Barnabas, Oxford An Archaeological Picnic May Day Song for North Oxford Before Invasion, 1940 Ireland with Emily Margate, 1940 Invasion Exercise on the Poultry Farm The Planster s Vision In a Bath Teashop Before the Anaesthetic, or A Real Fright On Hearing the Full Peal of Ten Bells from Christ Church, Swindon, Wilts Youth and Age on Beaulieu River, Hants East Anglian Bathe Sunday Afternoon Service in St Enodoc Church, Cornwall The Irish Unionist s Farewell to Greta Hellstrom in 1922 In Memory of Basil, Marquess of Dufferin and Ava South London Sketch, 1944 South London Sketch, 1844Selected Poems 1948 Indoor Games near Newbury St Saviour s, Aberdeen Park, Highbury, London, N Beside the Seaside North Coast Recollections A Lincolnshire Church The Town Clerk s ViewsA Few Late Chrysanthemums 1954 Harrow on the Hill Verses Turned Sunday Morning, King s Cambridge Christmas The Licorice Fields at Pontefract Church of England thoughts Essex Huxley Hall House of Rest Middlesex Seaside Golf I M Walter Ramsden, ob March 26, 1947, Pembroke College, Oxford Norfolk The Metropolitan Railway Late Flowering Lust Sun and Fun Original Sin on the Sussex Coast Devonshire Street W.1 The Cottage Hospital A Child Ill Business Girls Remorse The Old Liberals Greenaway The Olympic Girl The Dear Old Village The Village Inn Station Syren Hunter Trials A Literary Discovery How to Get On in Society Variations on a Theme by T W RollestonPoems in the Porch 1954 Diary of a Church MousePoems Written After 1954 Wantage Bells Winthrop Mackworth Redivivus False Security Eunice Monody on the Death of Aldersgate Street Station Thoughts on The Diary of a Nobody Longfellow s Visit to Venice Felixstowe, or The Last of Her Order Pershore Station, or A Liverish Journey First Class Hertfordshire Lord Cozens Hardy Variation on a Theme by Newbolt Inevitable N.W.5 N.6 From the Great Western In the Public GardensHigh and Low 1966 Preface to High and Low Cornish Cliffs Tregardock By the Ninth Green, St Enodoc Winter Seascape Old Friends A Bay in Anglesey A Lament for Moira McCavendish The Small Towns of Ireland Ireland s Own Great Central Railway Matlock Bath An Edwardian Sunday, Broomhill, Sheffield Lines Written to Martyn Skinner Uffington Anglo Catholic Congresses In Willesden Churchyard The Commander Autumn 1964 The Hon Sec Monody on the Death of a Platonist Bank Clerk Good bye Five o Clock Shadow A Russell Flint Perp Revival i the North Agricultural Caress Narcissus The Cockney Amorist Harvest Hymn Meditation on the A30 Inexpensive Progress Mortality Reproof Deserved Caprice Cricket MasterA Nip in the Air 1974 On Leaving Wantage 1972 On a Painting by Julius Olsson R.A Beaumaris, December 21, 1963 Hearts Together Aldershot Crematorium The Newest Bath Guide In Memory of George Whitby, Architect Delectable Duchy The Costa Blanca Lenten Thoughts of a High Anglican Executive Meditation on a Constable Picture A Wembley Lad County Greek Orthodox Dilton Marsh Halt Loneliness Back from Australia The Manor House, Hale, near Liverpool Shattered Image A Ballad of the Investiture 1969 14 November, 1973 A Mind s Journey to Diss Fruit Inland Waterway For Patrick, aetat LXX The Last LaughUncollected Poems 1982 1940 Interior Decorator London Magazine 1964 The Lift Man Archibald The Retired Postal Clerk Cheshire Advertising Pays Dumbleton Hall Thoughts on a Train Shetland 1973 To the Crazy Gang Kegans Henley Regatta 1902 1930 Commercial Style Guilt A Romance Advent 1955 The Old Land Dog Before the Lecture The Parochial Church Council The Shires An Ecumenical Invitation The Conversion of St Paul The Listener 1955 St Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street Hill Woman Driver The Ballad of George R Sims New Statesman 1968 Civilized Woman To Stuart Piggot, 1975 Chelsea 1977Additional Poems The Friends of the Cathedral from Poems in the Porch, 1954 The Empty Pew 1948 Summoned By Bells I Before MCMXIV II The Dawn of Guilt III Highgate IV Cornwall in Childhood V Private School VI London VII Marlborough VIII Cornwall in Adolescence IX The Opening World Index of First LinesIndex of Places `Pdf ⇕ John Betjeman Collected Poems ⇯ Collected Poems Made Publishing History When It First Appeared, And Has Now Sold Than Two Million Copies, To An Ever Growing Readership This Newly Expanded Edition Includes Betjeman S Verse Autobiography, Summoned By Bells With A New Introduction By Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, Collected Poems Is The Definitive Betjeman Companion