- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: John Murray; 4th edition (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0719536286
- ISBN-13: 978-0719536281
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
John Betjeman's Collected Poems Hardcover – 1 Sep 1989
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This collection comprises all Betjeman's poetry. His work is known both for its range and mastery of poetic form. Collected Poems was awarded the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and has sold nearly two million copies.
About the Author
John Betjeman was born in London on 28 August 1906. He was educated at Marlborough and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1931 his first book of poems, 'Mount Zion', was published by an old Oxford friend, Edward James. His second book was 'Ghastly Good Taste', a commentary on architecture, published in 1934. He was knighted in 1969 and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1972. John Betjeman died on 19 May 1984 at his home in Trebetherick, Cornwall and was buried at the nearby church of St Enodoc
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Top Customer Reviews
'Revival ran along the hedge
And made my spirit whole,
With steam upon the windowpane
And glory in my soul.'
Betjeman, like that other great English poet who suffers much the same snobbish disapproval, A. E. Housman (1859-1936), sought inspiration in the English countryside, towns and villages and conveyed his poetic observations, often witty, urbane and satiric with a light lyrical nostalgia; love is also a major theme, fulfilled and unrequited, with much sadness and regret and written in the structure of the ballad form. But who can fail to fall under the spell of Betjeman with such poems as `Death in Leamington', `The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel', `Slough', `Upper Lambourne', `Myfanwy' and `A Subaltern's Love-song'?
His interests were far-reaching, from architecture, especially the `Gothic Revival' of Victorian Church architecture, (he was founder of the British Victorian Society); railways, social history, provincial towns and conservation. He didn't take himself too seriously, not even as Poet Laureate (1972) and his Collected Works remains as a monument to the measure of the man - remembered for his conservation work, his child-like enthusiasm and as one of the nation's favourite poets! Wonderful!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unbeatable value for money.You can almost hear Sir John's voice.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Legendary English Poet Laureate john betjeman (1906~1984) unique English Poet and one of the most popular of the 20th century.This book is packed solid with hes greatest poems!Published 2 months ago by Alawes
As far as I am concerned, anything written by Sir John Betjeman is a must have.Published 3 months ago by RF
This book is by someone else, though to be fair Betjeman did write the prologue but yje poems are not by him. Very disappointed.Published 5 months ago by H GUGGIARI