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Collected Poems

John Betjeman; Introduction by Andrew Motion

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

John Betjeman's Collected Poems first appeared in 1958; it made publishing history, and sold more than two and a half million copies to a steadily expanding readership. Betjeman, who succeeded Cecil Day Lewis as poet laureate and held the position until his death in 1984, was the best-loved British poet since Tennyson. He is known for his modern and accessible subject matter (more specifically depictions of English middle-class existence). This volume, the first American edition of the Collected Poems, includes the delightful autobiography in verse, Summoned by Bells, and a new introduction by Britain's poet laureate, Andrew Motion.

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"John Betjeman has succeeded better than most of his contemporaries in narrowing the gulf between poetry and the public. In his own province of feeling he has established a personal regency over all contemporary taste." --The Times (London)
"He is in the best sense a committed writer, whose 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

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  • John Betjeman; Introduction by Andrew Motion

  • Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984) was one of Britain's most recognized, beloved, and bestselling poets of the last century. He was knighted in 1969 and named Poet Laureate in 1972.
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John Betjeman; Introduction by Andrew Motion

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