Collected poems Hardcover – 1 Jan 1971
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"John Betjeman has succeeded better than most of his contemporaries in narrowing the gulf between poetry and the public. In his own province of feeling he has established a personal regency over all contemporary taste." --"The Times" (London)"He is in the best sense a committed writer, whose poems spring from what he really feels about real life, and as a result he brings back to poetry a sense of dramatic urgency it had all but lost." --Philip Larkin
John Betjeman has succeeded better than most of his contemporaries in narrowing the gulf between poetry and the public. In his own province of feeling he has established a personal regency over all contemporary taste. "The Times (London)"
He is in the best sense a committed writer, whose poems spring from what he really feels about real life, and as a result he brings back to poetry a sense of dramatic urgency it had all but lost. "Philip Larkin"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Collected Poems made publishing history when it first appeared and has now sold over two million copies. This edition includes for the first time Uncollected Poems (the last of the individual volumes not included in the previous edition and also two additional unpublished poems). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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).
I'm not going to pick a favourite poem as we all have our own tastes!
Well worth the money, a real page turner or, in my case, "a real Kindle Clicker!"
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I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the paper, but for the price I guess it wasnt going to be top quality. It would be nice to have a bit more info on this before you buy!Published 1 month ago by sheilaemcdougall
only recently found JB and this book is full of brilliant poemsPublished 1 month ago by Mr Terry Simpson
Love Betjeman since I was a child. Conjures up a world which barely exists anymore. Mores the pityPublished 6 months ago by LINDA