John Betjeman - Favourite Poems (CD)

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John Betjeman

Sir John Betjeman CBE was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death, and was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture.

In a 1962 radio interview he told teenage questioners that he could not write about ‘abstract things’, preferring places and faces. Philip Larkin wrote of Betjeman’s work, “how much more interesting & worth writing about (his) subjects are than most other modern poets, I mean, whether so-and-so achieves some metaphysical inner unity is not really so interesting as the overbuilding of rural Middlesex."

Here in the latest Poetry offering from Alto, we have a collection of 31 of Betjeman's poems read by the poet himself, as well as 2 poems each read by Dylan Thomas and Robert Donat.

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Tracklisting:

  • 1. False Security 3:04
  • 2. Hunter Trials 2:12
  • 3. Seaside Golf 1:33
  • 4. Norfolk 1:33
  • 5. Sunday in Ireland 3:03
  • 6. Remorse 1:28
  • 7. Youth and Age on Beaulieu River 3:24
  • 8. A Subaltern’s Love Song 4:03
  • 9. Reproof Deserved (After the Lecture) 2:31
  • 10. Business Women 2:53
  • 11. Song of a Night-Club Proprietress (AKA ‘Sun & Fun’) 2:28
  • 12. The Licorice Fields at Pontefract 2:49
  • 13. Our Padre 1:07
  • 14. Indoor Games Near Newbury 3:02
  • 15. How to Get on in Society 0:56
  • 16. Late Flowering Lust 1:14
  • 17. Middlesex 1:47
  • 18. Harrow-on-the-Hill 1:36
  • 19. Trebetherick 2:01
  • 20. The Arrest of Oscar Wilde 1:48
  • 21. In Memoriam Walter Ramsden 2:09
  • 22. Devonshire Street, W.1 1:54
  • 23. In a Bath Teashop 0:27
  • 24. The Irish Unionist’s Farewell 1:52
  • 25. A Lincolnshire Church 2:50
  • 26. Henley-on-Thames 1:17
  • 27. Diary of a Church Mouse 3:05
  • 28. In the Public Gardens 0:55
  • 29. Eunice 2:13
  • 30. The Last of Her Order (AKA ‘Felixstowe’) 2:32
  • 31. Matlock Bath

Bonus Tracks read by Famous Voices & Admirers

  • 32. To My Son Aged Eight read by Dylan Thomas 3:02
    (includes introduction to Betjeman to New York audiences)
  • 33. On a Portrait of a Deaf Man read by Dylan Thomas 1:30
  • 34. Death at Leamington read by Robert Donat 1:27
  • 35. Christmas read by Robert Donat 2:55