Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984) was a twentieth-century English poet, writer and broadcaster. Born to a middle-class family in Edwardian Hampstead, he attended Oxford University, although left without graduating.
John Betjeman, poet laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death in 1984, was known by many as a poet whose writing evoked a sense of nostalgia. He utilized traditional poetic forms, wrote with a light touch about public issues, celebrated classic architecture, and satirized much of contemporary society for his perception of its superficiality. offered us by so many of his contemporaries. For Mr. Betjeman is a born versifier, ingenious and endlessly original; his echoes of Tennyson and Crabb, Praed and Father Prout, are never mere pastiche; and he is always attentive to the sound of his words, the run of his lines, the shape of his stanzas.
John Betjeman reads his own poetry in a selection taken from the BBC archives. Sir John Betjeman was one of the best-known and loved Poet Laureates. Even after his death, his popularity continues to garner acclaim and new admirers. Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Sonnet From The Portuguese read by Hannah Gordon. Up for grabs is this double cassette audio book by over 80 different female poets, entitled Woman's Hour Poetry Collection.
John Betjeman (1906-1984) achieved huge success during his lifetime and continues to retain his 'National Treasure' status more than twenty years after his death. His gift for comic writing, his dazzling technical abilities and his combination of eccentricity and Englishness are all key ingredients in his enduring popularity. BBC Poetry Season - Betjeman. In an interview from 1961, John Betjeman talks to the Beat poet Royston Ellis about the inspiration for A Subaltern's Love Song, writing for a living and his love of the female form. Betjeman Competition.
Browse through John Betjeman's poems and quotes. 54 poems of John Betjeman . Sir John Betjeman, CBE was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack"
On the Booze by John Hegley John Hegley details his father's brief flirtation with alcohol. Listen to more of John Hegley's poems. The Cats' Protection League by Roger McGough Cats get nasty in this poem loved by both children and adults. Diary of a Church Mouse by Sir John Betjeman Life in an English church, as seen from an unusual angle. Shelley by Ogden Nash The poet of entertainment contemplates life and PB Shelley. Homecoming: Anse La Raye by Derek Walcott A Caribbean homecoming full of memory and contrast
The John Betjeman Centre Memorabilia Room showing the office from his home in Trebetherick. Betjeman left Oxford without a degree. Whilst there, however, he had made the acquaintance of people who would later influence his work, including Louis MacNeice and W. H. Auden. He worked briefly as a private secretary, school teacher and film critic for the Evening Standard, where he also wrote for their high-society gossip column, the Londoner's Diary.
Sir John Betjeman, CBE (11px /ˈbɛtʃəmən/; 28 August 1906 - 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. Starting his career as a journalist, he ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate to date and a much-loved figure on British television.
Sir John Betjeman’s unique relationship with the BBC left a lasting legacy of poetry, readings and performances. A First Class Collection features a selection of some of his most memorable and best-loved poetry. Betjeman was one of the best-known and loved Poet Laureates and over a hundred years after his birth he continues to attract acclaim and admiration. Some of his fascinating BBC Archive recordings can be enjoyed again in this specially selected collection of poetry. A First Class Collection includes the poet’s own readings of some of his most popular works, introduced by Andrew Motion,.