Literary Birthday – 28 August – John Betjeman

Five Quotes

  1. Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
  2. 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.
  3. People’s backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.
  4. I don’t think I am any good. If I thought I was any good, I wouldn’t be.
  5. One mark of good verse is surprise.

John 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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