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on 7 April 2018
Betjeman is sublime. His humour is gentle and knowing, his barbs likewise. Steeped in an age gone by, his poetry is witty and atmospheric. If you like a bit of intelligent nostalgia, give it a go.
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on 13 May 2003
I don't pretend to be much of an expert on poetry, but when I first read Betjeman's work, I was stunned at the simplicity and beauty of the rhythm he brings to the language. Intelligent and articulate without being pretentious or high-brow, this is nonetheless extraordinary writing by a rare, rare talent. This collection includes some of his later works, perhaps overlooked in the light of his prolific mid-Century output. While not in the same league as his middle period, they still give an insight into a man that excelled at painting images with words.
'Revival ran along the hedge
And made my spirit whole,
With steam upon the windowpane
And glory in my soul.'
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on 12 August 2017
Excellent, it has an added section in this edition and I wish I had not intended to give it away as I would have liked to add it to my collection.
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on 21 November 2015
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!
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on 20 July 2017
Wasn't quite what I needed or hoped for so it went to a charity shop.
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on 25 October 2015
As far as I am concerned, anything written by Sir John Betjeman is a must have.
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on 28 November 2016
Brilliant Betjeman, all in one book, what more is there to say??
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on 12 September 2014
So under rated. So forgotten. And so nearly always right.
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on 28 June 2015
A lovely collection of poems from one of my favourite poets
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on 22 October 2014
Good quality just what I wanted.
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