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  1. Sir John Betjeman CBE ( / ˈbɛtʃəmən /; 28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster. He was Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death. He was a founding member of The Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture, helping to save St Pancras railway station from demolition.

  2. Jan 14, 2016 · A selection of Betjeman's best poems, from his early death of an old lady to his famous satire of Slough, with a short summary and a link to read them. Learn about Betjeman's life, style and influences as one of Britain's best-loved poets of the twentieth century.

  3. John Betjeman, (born August 28, 1906, London, England—died May 19, 1984, Trebetherick, Cornwall), British poet known for his nostalgia for the near past, his exact sense of place, and his precise rendering of social nuance, which made him widely read in England at a time when much of what he wrote about was rapidly vanishing.

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  4. John Betjeman was a poet laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 to 1984, known for his nostalgic and humorous verse about architecture, public issues, and personal memories. He used traditional poetic forms, wrote with a light touch, and celebrated the 19th-century poetic tradition. He was admired by many critics and friends, such as Edmund Wilson and W.H. Auden.

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  6. Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984) was a twentieth-century English poet, writer and broadcaster. Born to a middle-class family in Edwardian Hampstead, he attended Oxford University, although left without graduating. [1]

    Broadcast
    Date
    Channel
    Notes
    Town Tours
    12 April – 24 June 1937
    BBC West of England Programme
    Six episodes
    Eccentrics: "Adolphus Cooke Esq of ...
    24 September 1937
    The producer of the programme was Guy ...
    Built to Last
    17 April – 27 June 1939
    Six episodes
    29 May 1944
    Betjeman read excerpts of Oscar Wilde's ...
  7. May 17, 2014 · A look back John Betjeman From the Observer archive, 20 May 1984: John Betjeman was a giant of our age whose verse was rooted in the past The poet's death has deprived us of an original whose...

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