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John Betjeman
(1906-1984) born on
Apr 06
English poet, broadcaster, and writer on architecture. He was the English Poet Laureate, 1972-1984; nostalgic and wary of change, he preferred the countryside to the city, and was impassioned in his abhorrence of modern architecture.
         
   
F
People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.

R
And now, dear Lord, I cannot wait
Because I have a luncheon date.
A
Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life.
N
I know what I wanted to ask you;
Is trifle sufficient for sweet?
K
Now if the harvest is over
And the world cold
Give me the bonus of laughter
As I lose hold.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Observer" (London), 20 Mar 1983.
R: In London "Church Times," 25 May 1984.
A: In "The Observer," 'Sayings of the Year', 1974.
N: "How to get on in Society."
K: From "A Nip in the Air," Norton 76, recalled on his death; in "Time," 28 May 1984.
   


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