John Betjeman was born 28 August 1906, and died 19 May 1984
- Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
- 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.
- People’s backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.
- I don’t think I am any good. If I thought I was any good, I wouldn’t be.
- One mark of good verse is surprise.
Betjeman was an English poet, writer and broadcaster. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until he died.
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