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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Wystan Hugh Auden And do not let my shares go down. The name is suggestive of a leafy, prosperous London Square, with associations of cardigans and cads. Make comments, explore modern poetry. Haleigh – like I said up top in ny comment She has come to give God her petitions in the tone of a woman who runs a household and demands instant efficiency from her staff. There is also a humorous conflation of the Kingdom of Heaven with the British Empire in: He died at his home in Trebetherick in Cornwall on 19th May and is buried at St Enodoc’s church.


Lord, put beneath Thy special care One-eighty-nine Cadogan Square. WriterPoet and Novelist. Rather than pray for the preservation of life, she is more concerned that her shares should take a drop amid the tumultuous world affairs. Johnn most readers would relish the irony, few Christians live up to this ideal, and many of us would pray for material benefits.

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I love irony, and this is the best. Sign up with Facebook. The early 18th century marble cartouche was johj unused in the Abbey triforium and it was decided to use this as the basis for Sir John’s memorial.

Like An Irish Airman there are eight syllables per line but in this poem the rhythm is trochaic tetrameter rather than iambic. 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. His name was of Dutch or German origin but he dropped the last letter in his name. Now I feel a little better. The concluding lines in the rhyming couplet return to the iambic tetrameter rhythm.


Hunter Dunn, Miss J. Let me take this other glove off As the vox humana swells, And the beauteous fields of Eden Bask beneath the Abbey bells. Website by Developed by.

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Back to Poems Page. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I like it because it’s about the Lord and stuff but the following passage struck me as odd. British society of the time was rigidly divided into social classes — the speaker in the poem is a wealthy upper class woman jobn lives in Cadogan Square, a very affluent part of West London. Though he was buried at the church of St Enodoc near his Cornish home at Trebetherick in Maya memorial to him was unveiled in the Abbey’s Poets’ Corner in November Once again, she will only do what suits her, and on her own terms.

Lord, put beneath Thy special care One-eighty-nine Cadogan Square. I will labour for Thy Kingdom, Help weetminster lads to win the war. The humour would have been more mordant in wartime austerity when the majority were scraping around on rations.

In Westminster Abbey – Poem by John Betjeman

The entire prayer is selfish, so verse five would just add to the selfishness that is clearly displayed in the poem. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is known for his light touch on serious issues, and was known to satirize society’s superficiality, which we see here in In Westminster Abbey. Sir John Betjeman memorial. Join the Women’s Army Corps. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And now, dear Lord, I cannot wait Because I have a luncheon date. Theme The poem is a dramatic monologue — a poem in which the poet creates a character who speaks for the entire poem to an audience who does not respond.


The first stanza introduces the character as a fussy woman who puts herself first: The fourth line in which she condescends to pardon God if he should make a mistake shows how devoid of actual piety she is, since it is God who traditionally pardons sinners, not the reverse.

He was beloved by many, and the poet Philip Larkin was a particular fan of his work. Betjeman Centenary Monday, 28th August While the speaker, a rich English woman she’s wearing gloves and has a luncheon datemay seem to be doing the right thing in the context by praying to God for her own well-being and the well-being of others somewhatit quickly becomes apparent that she is really giving no thought to the prayer at all, and that her selfishness and ignorance are what should be noticed here.

This shows the lack of any true piety or personal relationship with God. But verse five, I did take seriously. 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?

I seems like she is concerned about everyone in the world, but she’s more focused on herself.

Racism from a superior woman. At Highgate school he was taught by T.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. However, the line is metrically short. John Betjeman was an English poet who was rare in that his poetry was often well received by both his audiences and literary critics. Lord, put beneath Thy special care One-eighty-nine Cadogan Square. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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