Betjeman Essays

  • Poems by John Betjeman

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    Poems by John Betjeman John Betjeman writes interesting and contrasting poems, most of which are very personal and a recollection of his past. He is a vivid poet and never fails to set his scenes well. He always includes as much detail as possible and his poems are oozing with creative writing. 'Indoor games Near Newbury' is about a boy, maybe himself, going to a party and meeting a young beautiful girl. Betjeman conveys a rich surrounding and on entering the house, it has many wealthy

  • Rail Termini of London

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    monumental railway station as the modern portal to a city. Its loss helped galvanize the environmental conservation movement in Britain, which had previously been focused on preserving picturesque vernacular architecture and unspoiled landscapes (Betjeman 124). The original station was opened on July 20, 1837, as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway constructed by Robert Stephenson. It was designed by a well-known classically trained architect, Philip Hardwick, with a 200-foot long engine

  • Could The Suicide be The Executive after a life of failure?

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    its pretty much useless. This is the 60’s because there was not a licence of housing until after this period of time. No one could just knock down buildings then. Another aspect of the poem, which makes you consider it is in the 60’s, is that Betjeman has written in his poem ‘I have a Slimline briefcase’, which were only used around that time because they are like the equivalent of modern palmtops. Therefore, if the Executive was so rich he would have the best up to date technology to show

  • Edward James Hughes

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    Poetry Book Society's Autumn Choice and later the poet was awarded Nathaniel Hawthorn's Prize for Lupercal (1960). Soon he became well-known and admired in Britain. On 19 December 1984 Ted Hughes became Poet Laureate, in succession to the late John Betjeman. Hughes has written a great deal for the theatre, both for adults and for children. He has also published many essays on his favourite poets and edited selections from the work of Keith Douglas and Emily Dickinson (1968). Since 1965 he has been a

  • John Betjeman And Ted Hughes: A Study Of Persona

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    John Betjeman and Ted Hughes: A study of persona Persona, literally a mask, the “I” or the speaker of a work, sometimes identified as the author but usually better regarded as the voice or mouthpiece created by the author. Hence we know that persona is important, regardless in a poem or a play, as it acts as the narrator, the story-teller and the speaker in the piece of work, to express attitudes and judgements, as well as to present arguments, for example, to create satirical or irony effect

  • Compare and Contrast the Poetry of James Berry and John Betjeman, with

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    Compare and Contrast the Poetry of James Berry and John Betjeman, with particular reference to the Cultural Differences. Refer to at Least two Poems by each Poet James Berry's poems are written from the perspective of a lady named Lucy. Lucy moved to England because she had heard the streets were practically paved with gold there. She writes letters to her friend Leela in the form of poems. Lucy regrets her move to England in a lot of ways and finds it gloomy and cold. She misses Jamaica

  • Loathing of Urban Life Depicted in William Blake's "London" and John Betjeman's "Slough"

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    The poem ‘London’ by William Blake, expresses feelings of despair at the depressed state of the capital city in the late 18th century and the loathing of its inhabitants. William blake The poem is written in iambic tetrameter, which initially gives the impression that the poem will be a cheerful and upbeat poem. However, when you realise words such as ‘Weakness’ and ‘Woe’ the true hatred and resentment of the poem is shown. In the first verse of the poem, the word ‘charter’d’ is repeated. The first

  • Theme Of The Poem A Subaltern's Love Song

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    reference to the connotations of female power & liberation made popular in the early 20th century whilst some readers may draw reference to the connotations of sexual promiscuity. Betjeman continues this tone by alluding to her thick, full, "droop{ed}" lips and "elegant

  • The Theme of Religion in Church Going and In Westminster Abbey

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    The Theme of Religion in Church Going and In Westminster Abbey Both poets’ John Betjeman and Philip Larkin in their poems “In Westminster Abbey” and “Church Going”, treat the theme of religion as a disrespectful ideology which is not worth believing or mentioning, as it has been for centuries the way in which the church controlled the people. Throughout “Westminster Abbey” the description and language used by the poet creates an ironic atmosphere that is the first point to consider that

  • Watching Tennis and A Subaltern’s Love Song

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    Watching Tennis and A Subaltern’s Love Song Introduction The themes and ideas are so similar that if one was to briefly explain what both poems were about, you would think that they were exactly the same poems. Yet what really separates these two poems is their technical side. Form The form of a poem can be mainly observed by looking at and listening to the poem. Rhyme scheme, verse length, and line length are but a few examples of a poem’s form. A Subaltern’s Love song is a relatively

  • Biography of Philip Larkin

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    Biography of Philip Larkin Philip Arthur Larkin was born on August 9, 1922, in Coventry. He was the second child, and only son, of Sydney and Eva Larkin. Sydney Larkin was City Treasurer between the years 1922-44. Larkin's sister, some ten years his senior, was called Catherine, but was known as Kitty. He attended the City's King Henry VIII School between 1930 and 1940, and made regular contributions to the school magazine, The Coventrian, which, between 1939 and 1940, he also helped

  • Symbolism In The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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    even see that their impersonation has multiple purposes, that of eyewitness, executioner, opponent, or martyr. This is an amazing novel. I would put in a good word for anyone who enjoys survival. I will end with a quote by the English poet, John Betjeman: “Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason

  • The Popularity of Soap Operas

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    The Popularity of Soap Operas Television researchers have established a number of reasons why soap operas appeal to such a large and diverse audience. In this essay I will be examining these reasons with reference to my own attraction to soaps, and seeing how they fit into the everyday lives of the millions who watch them. Furthermore, I will investigate the way in which the construction and conventions of a soap opera aids its appeal. I will be considering such aspects as class, race, ethnicity

  • British Poetry

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    Knowledge of contemporary British poetry is of great importance when it comes to understanding the reigning trends of England. The 1970s saw a fair amount of polemic concerning the discontinuities of the national "traditions," most of it concerned with poetry, all of it vulnerable to a blunt totalizing which demonstrated the triumphant ability of "nation" to organize literary study and judgment--as it does still, perhaps more than ever. It remains the case twenty years later that there is a strong