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Sir John Betjeman, CBE (1906 – 1984)

Sir John Betjeman, CBE (1906 – 1984)

In between reading about a half a dozen other books (including The Crossing and the Time Out guide to LA) I’ve been ploughing through a compendium of John Betjeman’s radio talks on all sorts of subjects. How to look at a church. The various architectural delights (or not) of Plymouth. Eccentric, hymn-writing vicars of the 18th century.

 

It’s a lovely little collection, and, I’m learning, nicely representative of the poet laureate. I’m not really sure what a poet laureate does: in Betjeman’s case it appears to be wandering around the countryside looking at nice things. And if don’t envy him that, then I don’t know what I want out of life. It seems to be a poet laureate’s position also to have a controversial opinion, make it heard, and stick to it, as per Andrew Motion’s recent recommendation of the Bible as worthy/vital for study at school.

The man would have made a happy blogger, I’ve no doubt. Unsubstantiated opinions, mass generalisations, a general attitude of facing the world in the unshakeable knowledge that he is correct, at least in his little sphere… I quite like the chap.

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  1. […] Come On Up To The House placed an interesting blog post on Trains & Buttered ToastHere’s a brief overview  Sir John Betjeman, CBE (1906 – 1984) In between reading about a half a dozen other books (including The Crossing  and the Time Out guide to LA) I’ve been ploughing through a compendium of John Betjeman’s radio talks on all sorts of subjects. How to look at a church. The various architectural delights (or not) of Plymouth. Eccentric, hymn-writing vicars of the 18th century.   It’s a lovely little collection, and, I’m learning, nicely representative of the poet laureate. I’m not re […]

  2. […] Come On Up To The House placed an observative post today on Trains & Buttered ToastHere’s a quick excerpt  Sir John Betjeman, CBE (1906 – 1984) In between reading about a half a dozen other books (including The Crossing  and the Time Out guide to LA) I’ve been ploughing through a compendium of John Betjeman’s radio talks on all sorts of subjects. How to look at a church. The various architectural delights (or not) of Plymouth. Eccentric, hymn-writing vicars of the 18th century.   It’s a lovely little collection, and, I’m learning, nicely representative of the poet laureate. I’m not re […]

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