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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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John Betjeman 84 was named poet laureate inand is known for his nostalgic writings on contemporary topics. He celebrated classical architecture and often wrote satirical pieces about the superficial contemporary society around him, often criticizing it as well.

Whensoever I have the time. So, Lord, reserve for me a crown. And do not let my shares go down. I will labor for Thy kingdom. Help our lads to win the war.

Send white feathers to the cowards. Join the Women’s Army Corps. Then wash the Steps around Thy Throne. In the Eternal Safety Zone. Now I feel a little better.


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What a treat to hear Thy Word. Where the bones of leading statesmen. Have so often been interred. And now, dear Lord, I cannot wait.

In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman

Because I have a luncheon date. This poem by Betjeman is clearly set in World War II era Great Britiain, where an elderly woman is praying inside Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs are crowned and famous Englishmen have been buried for centuries.

Also,vin her prayer, the woman refers to her homeland as “the Empire” 13which existed up through WWII. Considering the setting – Betje,an in the s – we find the elderly woman praying to God about the war. 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.

Betjeman Centenary

The woman assumes that the British Empire has contributed so much to the world – “Think of what our Nation stands for, books from Boots and country lanes, free speech, free passes, class distinction, democracy and proper drains” that they deserve to be saved from all harm.

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She also abbeg that, simply because she is praying for help, that she deserves to hold a higer power over others who worship God. She ends the poem – in which she has spent her time praying for the demise 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. 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 westminstsr, but must move on to something better waiting for her.

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