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John Betjeman Collected Poems

John Betjeman Collected Poems [Kindle Edition]

John Betjeman
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A true poet who extends experience (Margaret Lane)

John Betjeman has succeeded . . . in narrowing the gulf between poetry and the public . . . he has established a personal regency over all contemporary taste (The Times)

It would be difficult - in my opinion impossible - to point to a contemporary poet of greater originality or more genuine depth of feeling (Anthony Powell)

Book Description

This is the definitive John Betjeman collection reissued for the centenary of his birth, and includes his verse autobiography Summoned by Bells in its entirity

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (29 Jun 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY9KW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read him earlier 15 Nov 2006
This was my first introduction to JB. I raced through the entire book in about 2 days and have re-read my favourites many times over since then.

Maybe it's because his views coincide with my own in so many ways, maybe the language he uses, maybe I'm just nostalgic for the rose-tinted past, but something in his writing is absolutely captivating.

I recently saw Joanna Lumley reading one of his poems (Myfanwy) on TV. It could have been written for her, and has become my favourite, perhaps taking me back to my own days at boarding school.

For me, that's the thing about Betjeman - he's so accessible to someone like me who doesn't know much about poetry that his writing allows me to feel as though I'm in the middle of it all, looking around me.

I know this review will be of little use to Betjeman aficionados, but perhaps it may serve as an encouragement for anyone who is not familiar with him to make an effort to get to know him better. It's a journey well worth taking (even if, like I do, you live not a million miles away from Slough).
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have loved this book to death. Literaly. 22 Nov 2002
I was introduced to the original Collected Poems by my college room-mate circa 1960, and have loved the poems ever since. Several of them I learned by heart, and can generaly quote to this day. So much so that my son (now living on a different continent from me) must have heard the original so often, he brought to my attention the misquoting of 'Slough' in a recent International Herald Tribune article. My original paperback copy is now falling apart, and how can I resist getting a new one?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessentially Englishness in a book 18 Dec 2011
Beautiful word-smithing in a self-deprecating series dealing with perceived change and decay of the old order of society referenced by geography and architecture cloaking a perceptive sharpness. Good value for a penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Poet 3 May 2012
By Hannah
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This is a wonderful collection. I honestly think that John Betjemann was a very great poet. He was very much a poet of the everyday and had a remarkable ability to give even the most ordinary experiences of life a depth of meaning which brings you up short and makes you look at things in a different way and see things of which you had been unaware. To me this is a mark of a true poet. I read this collection over and over again and each time discover new treasures in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight To Own 1 Jan 2013
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This collection requires no praise from a mere mortal like myself. I keep it on my Kindle and have it there to dip into as required, something anyone who lives away from England, just to remind themselves of their heritage - times, places and people.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Dad loved it 2 Sep 2010
By Phoebe
I bought this for my father for fathers day. He was very pleased with it! It is a very thick book with hundreds of poems for all John Betjeman fans out there! A good buy :) x
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His mastery of words so beautifully set to verse is captivating. Since I bought it I take it everywhere with me. I will never tire of reading it again and again and being in my seventies now I am committing as many of them to memory as I can in the hope it will help keep my brain active. Also, there is a very good double CD of many of his collected poems read by famous actors. Often listened to on long car journeys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Betjeman Collected Poems - Kindle 8 Feb 2014
By Peter
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John Betjeman is and always has been my favourite poet - so down to earth and everyday, as well as showing great understanding of what the world is all about.
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Published 1 month ago by C Kirby
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant value
This collection covers so many topics. The writing is sensitive, funny, moving, memorable and wonderfully readable. I am delighted with it.
Published 8 months ago by Christine Sexton
5.0 out of 5 stars John Betjeman
He was a literary genius with words and had a wicked sense of humour, but showed his sensitive side with poems like Gethsemane.
Published 9 months ago by Geoff Bleackley
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of Betjemans pems
Lovely! Just what I was looking for - and all the old favourites! Lots of extra information about Betjeman and this would be a lovely gift for lovers of his work
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. S. L. Neame
3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad and everything in between
Betjeman's poems can range from the excellent to the very ordinary. This collection serves you up with everything which renders it interesting but not always valuable.
Published 10 months ago by Iain Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars JB fan
Allways happy to read again and again. There is so much intensity and reality in his work that shows a very individual tallent
Published 15 months ago by anthony j b graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Betjeman Poems
Another fit of nostalgia! Haven't read Betjeman since school (50 years ago) so it was a pleasant poetic trip down memory lane to reread many and to read others for the first time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by bankvole
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