Poems in the Porch: The Radio Poems of John Betjeman Hardcover – Illustrated, 18 Sep 2008
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It is delightful to see Poems in the Porch in print again - they contain some of Betjeman's funniest writing and best-aimed satire. Here, too are some poems that have never seen the light of day - real gems.
In this slim volume you are once again in a world where Sunday was a day of rest and the Church of England was the centre of the community. These 22 poems are truly little gems and if you haven't met Betjeman before, this is a good introduction.
-East Riding News, February 2010
...in this slim volume...you are re-entering a world where Sundays were actually days of rest, and the dear old C of E was firmly planted at the heart of the community.
-Church Times, 28 November 2008
I congratulate Professor Gardner and his publishers for their enterprise in bringing out this scholarly and entertaining little book
-4th October 2008 - Daily Telegraph, The
...a fascinating book and a must for fans of Betjeman. --25 December 2008 - Methodist Recorder
About the Author
Kevin Gardner is Professor of English Literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is currently writing a scholarly monograph on Betjeman's Christian imagination.
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As the book's title implies, and particularly as the poems were written for the "Faith in the West" program that was broadcast on the Home Service, these are all poems that display Betjeman's characteristic affectionate loving wit and gentle satire that he directs at the Church of England.
Some (but not all) of the poems will be familiar to the follower of Betjeman, although a couple have been painstakingly reconstructed by Gardner from recently rediscovered BBC transcripts and recordings.
A delightful book therefore for either the Betjeman completist or the casual reader of this quintessential English poet
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Funny, thoughtful and so true to life. Some of Betjeman's lesser known poems (to me anyway)...can't wait to read some of these out loud for others to appreciate.Published on 21 Dec. 2013 by Trish Rolfe