Bio: John Betjeman () was named poet laureate in , and is known for his nostalgic writings on contemporary topics. On a pillar in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey is a memorial to Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate and broadcaster. Sir John Betjeman’s centenary will be marked with a wreathlaying ceremony at his memorial in Poets’ Corner on Monday.

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Betjeman Centenary | Westminster Abbey

Betjeman’s humorous satire shines through in In Westminster Abbeywhere, given the context and situation, what would normally be a very grave and melancholy tone becomes lackadaisical and almost humorous.

This clever use of juxtaposition is successful in poking fun at her. Famous Poets and Poems: This poem by Betjeman is clearly set in World War II wesstminster Great Britiain, where an elderly woman is praying inside Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs are crowned and famous Englishmen have been buried for centuries.

She is thus happy to let the Lord wait while she readies herself and drops in a little Latin to make us aware of her status. Many of his poems were anti-establishment, as he cast a scathing eye over modern society and its pretentiousness. The Lord waits on you hand in foot!

Considering the setting – England in the s – we find the elderly woman praying to God about the war. Racism from a superior woman. Like An Irish Airman there are eight syllables per line but in joh poem the rhythm is trochaic tetrameter rather than iambic.

Help our lads to win the war. Tuesday, November 11, Betjeman would hope that readers, recognising the irony, would then be alert to any such attitudes in themselves and others and see these attitudes more clearly as hypocritical. Notify me of new comments via email. Order of Service for Memorial Service jhn 29th June And now, dear Lord, I cannot wait Because I have a luncheon date.


British society of the time was rigidly divided into social classes — the speaker in the poem is a wealthy upper class woman who lives in Cadogan Square, a very affluent part of West London.

Email required Address never made public. During the war he worked at the Ministry of Information and in a secret department of the Admiralty.

Protect them Lord in all their fights, And, even more, protect the whites. And do wesyminster let my shares go down. Oh little body, do not die. Now I feel a little better.

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In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman

Thanks bobbedford for directing my attention to this poet. Audience reaction to this ignorantly blasphemous remark would be uproarious, and possibly wesstminster, laughter, because blasphemy is a guilty pleasure.

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In Westminster Abbey – Poem by John Betjeman

Let me take this other glove off As the vox humana swells, And the beauteous fields of Eden Bask beneath the Abbey bells. Structure The poem is written in seven sextets.

Love “the Eternal Safety Zone. She ends the poem – in which she has spent her time praying for wesminster demise of others in order to bring her prosperity – assuming that she has done the duties of wesmtinster good Christian, but must hurry along because she has a lunch date.


However, the rhythm is martial war-like, marching, bossy and occasionally jarring, which has a counterpart in her reflections, westminstre the last line of each stanza which exposes her true motives and feelings to be consistently self-centred, and provides a regular punch-line.

So, Lord, reserve for me a crown. The poem is set out in seven stanzas, each of six lines, which are known as sextets. I will labor for Thy kingdom.

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Tone Being a dramatic monologue the tone is dominated by the speaking voice of the well-off lady. He was beloved by many, and the poet Philip Larkin was a westmintser fan of his work. The humour would have been more mordant in wartime austerity when the majority were scraping around on rations.

Posted by Jonathan Lapshan at 2: Website by Developed by. WriterPoet and Novelist. One is almost inclined to read this poem in the Received Pronunciation that would have been commonly heard on the BCC in years gone by. Here, where England’s statesmen lie, Listen to a lady’s cry. The name is suggestive of a leafy, prosperous London Square, with associations of cardigans and cads. John Betjeman was an English poet who was rare in that his poetry was often well received by both his audiences and literary critics.

Now I feel a little better, What a treat to hear Thy Word, Where the bones of leading statesmen Have so often been interr’d.

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