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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Betjeman Centenary

She uses the Imperative voice even in prayer and reassures God that if he ends up bombing innocent German women: WriterPoet and Novelist. Hunter Dunn, Miss J.

Just as in verse two, the woman supposes that she is on an even-footing, and in fact may even be superior to God Himself. This suits his purpose as the speaker is a woman who is used to giving orders and clearly she thinks that God is not beneath her command. He mohn known for his light touch on serious issues, and was known to satirize society’s superficiality, which we see here in In Westminster Abbey.

Sarah from studyhippo Hi there, would bejeman like to get such a paper? However, this poem also shows how Betjeman satirically pokes fun at typical Christians who pray to God for help, but that the expense of others.

I hope the test on it isn’t very hard, otherwise I’ll fail. Website by Developed by. WriterPriest and Dean. Think of what our Nation stands for, Books from Boots’ and country lanes, Free speech, free passes, class distinction, Democracy and proper drains.


Here, where England’s statesmen lie, Listen to a lady’s cry. So, Lord, reserve for me a crown, And do not let my shares go down.

In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman

The style is ironical throughout and Betjeman brings the imagery of the final stanza back to the Abbey itself which helps to create a satisfying structure: Poems Kn Biography Books. I guessed from reading that the women was close to Betjemen and lived in London and basically wanted peace for mainly her people and others.

Once again, she will only do what suits her, and on her own terms. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Menu Skip to content. Previous Poem Next Poem. Vy clever use of juxtaposition is successful in poking fun at her.

This is more suggestive of an Atlas than any real commonwealth kinship. She is desperately praying to God to save her and her country, but cannot take any more time out of her day to pray or to thank God for being kind and merciful and generous, but must move on to something better waiting for her.

AP Lit Poetry Analysis : “In Westminster Abbey”, John Betjeman

The first stanza introduces the character as a fussy woman who puts herself first: Here, where England’s statesmen lie, Listen bt a lady’s cry. She ends the poem – in which she has spent her time praying for the westminater of others in order to bring her prosperity – assuming that she has done the duties of a good Christian, but must hurry along because she has a lunch date. Also,vin her prayer, the woman refers to her homeland as “the Empire” 13which existed up through WWII.


Back to Poems Page. She shows her Christian charity rather illogically but realising the difficulties, unwittingly adds to the irony: Lord, put beneath Thy special care One-eighty-nine Cadogan Square. Protect them Lord in all their fights, And, even more, protect the whites.

Betjeman Centenary | Westminster Abbey

In this stanza the Speaker lists the things which make living in the United Kingdom so attractive to her. Betjeman to his young son. And now, dear Lord, I cannot wait Because I have a luncheon date. Follow us Sign up to our newsletter Subscribe. Oh little body, do not die. Cut down that timber! This shows the lack of any true piety or personal relationship with God.

In the Eternal Safety Zone. Let us write you a custom essay sample on. Let me take this other glove off As the vox humana swells, And the beauteous fields of Eden Bask beneath the Abbey bells. Pamela – Rector’s Secretary.