Betjeman is arguably Britain's best-loved and most widely read poet. Summoned By Bells, his verse autobiography, is brim-full of classic Betjeman themes. It tells the story of a boy's growth to early manhood - seaside holidays, meddling aunts, school bullies, an unexpected moment of religious awakening, then Oxford, and sparkling pen-portraits of the literary greats he met there. His unabashedly musical verse is poignant, comic, reverent, defiant, devoted and, always, full of feeling.
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A true poet who extends experience Margaret Lane His humour is remarkably versatile, for it can be used to serve both his deepest love and his most remorseless hatred Observer His poems spring from what he really feels about real life, and as a result he brings back to poetry a sense of dramatic urgency it had all but lost Philip Larkin Betjeman is perhaps as completely original a writer as has ever existed Times Literary Supplement
About John Betjeman
John Betjeman was born on August 28th, 1906, in London. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1931, his first book of poems, 'Mount Zion', was published. He was knighted in 1969 and was made Poet Laureate in 1972. He died in 1984 at his home and was buried in the nearby church of St.Enodoc.
Summoned by Bells by John Betjeman
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