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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Haleigh – like I said up top in my comment Structure The poem is written in seven sextets. By using trochaic rather than iambic rhythm and therefore placing the stress at the abbeyy of the line, Betjeman succeeds in making the tone more emphatic. He served on the Abbey’s Architectural Advisory Panel.

In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman

In this stanza the Speaker lists the things which make living in the United Kingdom so attractive to her. As the vox humana swells, And the beauteous fields of Eden Bask beneath the Abbey bells. This poem by Betjeman is clearly set in World War II era Great Britiain, where an elderly woman is praying inside Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs are crowned and famous Englishmen have been buried for centuries.

I will labour for Thy Kingdom, Help our lads to win the war. Famous Poets and Poems: Also,vin her prayer, the woman refers to her homeland as “the Empire” 13which existed up through WWII.

In Westminster Abbey – Poem by John Betjeman

The memorial was unveiled by Lady Wilson on 11th November He had a lifelong love of the Church of England – and of Abbey and was a member of its Architectural Advisory Panel, forerunner to the Fabric Commission. This lady, representative of her type, abey also shown to be blatantly racist. She does not realize the severity of the war and destruction going on around her, and since we know in the aftermath of World War II the real suffering and atrocities that went on the audience is made to oppose the speaker and her point of view.


The whole poem can be read here.

Terry Collett – Good poem Good write on Sep 11 The poem is set out in seven stanzas, each of six lines, which are known as betjjeman. While most readers would relish the irony, few Christians live up to this ideal, and many of us would pray for material benefits. The first stanza introduces the character as a fussy woman who puts herself first: He died at his home in Trebetherick in Cornwall on 19th May and is buried at St Enodoc’s church.

He celebrated abbwy architecture and often wrote satirical pieces about the superficial contemporary society around him, often criticizing it as well. Haven’t found johhn Essay You Want? And now, dear Lord, I cannot wait Because I have a luncheon date. Back to Poems Page.

Pamela – Rector’s Secretary. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! This attitude is also natural and universal, even if it is self-centred and, emphasised by the alliterative b and imperative voice, it is comical, but which reader would not make that prayer?

Sir John Betjeman by Howard Coster. Tone Being a dramatic monologue the tone is dominated by the speaking voice of the well-off lady.

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Think of what our Nation stands for, Books from Boots’ and country lanes, Free speech, free passes, class distinction, Democracy and weatminster drains. And do not let my shares go down. I guessed from reading that the women was close to Betjemen and lived in London kohn basically wanted peace for mainly her people and others. Join the Women’s Army Corps. Service Writing from scratch Rewriting Editing.


Notice the last line of the first verse, ‘Listen to a lady’s cry’.

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The Lord waits on you hand in foot! But, gracious Lord, whate’er shall be, Don’t let anyone bomb me. She implores him to: Audience reaction to this ignorantly blasphemous remark would be uproarious, and possibly guilty, laughter, because blasphemy is a guilty pleasure. Because I have a luncheon date.

His name was of Dutch or German origin but he dropped the last letter in his name. Dean and Chapter of Westminster https: Let me take this other glove off As the vox humana swells, And the beauteous fields of Eden Bask beneath the Abbey bells.

Whensoever I have the time. Sir John was born on August 28th on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Here, where England’s statesmen lie, Listen to a lady’s cry. Given the circumstances, one would imagine the tone to be westminsetr and reverent, but it soon becomes clear that the lady is there primarily to pray for her own needs, and her selfish motives underscore the text.