The poetic paintings of John Betjeman is understood either for its diversity and its mastery of shape. published for the 1st time in paperback, this option of his poetry has bought greater than million copies and was once provided the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize.
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Within the Public Gardens, Ended issues commence; Ausgang we have been out of affection Und eingang we're in. Preface to “High and occasional” MURRAY, you bid my plastic pen A preface write. good, here’s one then. Verse turns out to me the shortest approach of claiming what one has to assert, A memorable technique of dealing With temper or individual, position or feeling. something additional that's given Is taken as a present from Heaven. The English language has such variety, Such rhymes and half-rhymes, rhythms unusual, And such number of tone, it's a tune of its personal. With MILTON it has organ energy As loud as bells in Redcliffe tower; It falls like wintry weather crisp and lightweight On COWPER’s Buckinghamshire evening. it may be mild as a lake, the place WORDSWORTH’s oars a ripple make Or relaxation with TENNYSON relaxed In sibilance of summer time seas, Or languorous as lilies develop, while DOWSON’s lamp is burning low— For unending alterations could be rung On church-bells of the English tongue. MURRAY, your venerable door Opened to BYRON, CRABBE and MOORE And TOMMY CAMPBELL. How am i able to, A humming insubstantial fly, evaluate with them? i don't test, happy just to be one that stocks An imprint that was once additionally theirs, And thankful to the folks who Have received my verses hitherto. Cornish Cliffs these moments, tasted as soon as and not performed, Of lengthy surf breaking within the mid-day sunlight. A distant blow-hole booming like a gun— The seagulls airplane and circle out of sight under this thirsty, thrift-encrusted top, The veined sea-campion buds burst into white And gorse turns tawny orange, obvious beside light drifts of primroses cascading large To the place the slate falls sheer into the tide. greater than in gardened Surrey, nature spills A wealth of heather, kidney-vetch and squills Over those long-defended Cornish hills. A gun-emplacement of the newest struggle appears older than the hill fortress outfitted sooner than Saxon or Norman headed for the shore. And within the shadowless, unclouded glare Deep blue above us fades to whiteness the place A misty sea-line meets the wash of air. Nut-smell of gorse and honey-smell of ling go with the flow out to sea the freshness of the spring On sunny shallows, eco-friendly and whispering. The wideness which the lark-song supplies the sky Shrinks on the clang of sea-birds crusing by means of Whose notes are tuned to days while seas are excessive. From today’s calm, the lane’s enclosing eco-friendly Leads inland to a traditional Cornish scene— Slate cottages with sycamore among. Small fields and tellymasts and wires and poles With, because the eternal ocean rolls, chapels equipped for part 100 souls. Tregardock A mist that from the moor arose In sea-fog wraps Port Isaac bay, The moan of caution from Trevose Makes grimmer this October day. purely the shore and cliffs are transparent. vast slithering cabinets of slate In ready awfulness seem Like journalism choked with hate. at the steep direction a bramble leaf Stands immobile and rainy with dew, The grass bends down, the bracken’s brown, The grey-green gorse by myself is new. wary my sliding footsteps cross To quarried rock and dripping cave; the sea, leaden-still less than, infrequently has power to boost a wave.