John Betjeman

John Betjeman

London, England
Sir John Betjeman, CBE 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-lo ...
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Bird-watching colonels on the old sea wall,
Down here at Dawlish where the slow trains crawl:
Low tide lifting, on a shingle shore,
Long-sunk islands from the sea once more:
A Subaltern's Love Song
Miss J.Hunter Dunn, Miss J.Hunter Dunn,
Furnish'd and burnish'd by Aldershot sun,
What strenuous singles we played after tea,
We in the tournament - you against me!
Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!
Meditation On The A30
A man on his own in a car
Is revenging himself on his wife;
He open the throttle and bubbles with dottle
and puffs at his pitiful life
Diary Of A Church Mouse
Here among long-discarded cassocks,
Damp stools, and half-split open hassocks,
Here where the vicar never looks
I nibble through old service books.


L srm 16 December 2020
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Andrew 27 June 2020
I remember reading a poem of Betjeman's set in the Botanic garden but so far haven't managed to track it down
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Candy 11 April 2020
I'm looking for a poem that begins: Are you one who lies adreaming supine, satisfied and steaming... I'm pretty sure it's Betjeman - it sounds like him - but I can't find it anywhere
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Richard Bright 18 March 2020
I am looking for his poem that lists a whole lot of Dorset villages with odd names including Ryme Intrinseca. Can anyone help?
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Robin 14 March 2020
I would love to know from any kind members if Sir John Betjeman wrote this about Budleigh Salterton - " The blood is so blue in Budleigh.. etc
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Barry Collins 27 January 2020
I used to love playing Sir John's links at St Enodoc and one poem rings very true for me as I have " birdied" the same hole as he did...
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Donal Power 15 October 2019
With apologies to those who don't approve. https: //.youtube/watch? v=5wW5Ymb9hPE
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Mincub 12 October 2018
I'm looking for a poem...I'm sure it's one of contains the line.....Sixteen aching arms.....reference to rowers. Can anyone help? Thanks M
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Sloooth 25 June 2018
Amazing ?? His work
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By thé Wayne, By thé Way
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Ian K 23 July 2017
The quintessential English poet of the 20th century, the fact that he's easy to read doesn't detract from his genius.
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Frank Barry 12 April 2016
Bon Marche is found in the poem Parliament Hill Fields, second verse.
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Catherine Cox 10 October 2015
JB was my dads favourite poet. He once told me he remembers a poem by him with the line/phrase Bon Marche, the Electric Palace. Does any one know of any such poem by John Betjeman?
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