Summoned by Bells

Summoned by Bells Summoned by Bells

  • Title: Summoned by Bells
  • Author: John Betjeman Griff Rhys Jones
  • ISBN: 9780719533501
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
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    • Listened to this in the car and had Betjeman's own fruity tones sounding forth. Stopped at traffic lights and in jams, I received one or two funny looks until I realized I still had it blaring out so as to be heard over the 'roar'if that is not butching it up too much of my smart car's engine forgetting that, now stationery, the engine was quietly ticking over and I had the deliberately laid back Poet Laureate screaming out like some mad harridan. Innocent bystanders, ears bleeding from the onsl [...]


    • With apologies to Sir John:From luxury of breakfastTaken in my roomAnd sound of birdsong interruptedOnly by the strains of BachI wandered from my eyrieCatching the early morning sunUpon that early stubbleRustle of autumn leaves upon the pathThat led between the trees to schoolAnd strolling with patrician easeInto the Upper QuadFeet crunching gravelTo Medieval History, with Ted(Jesus) Master of Sankey'sWhose favours I'd preferred to those of Robin, (Gonville and Caius), his smileAlways a touch to [...]


    • From BBC Radio 4 Extra:The late poet laureate's 'life in verse', from nursery to university. Read by the author. Recorded in 1960.


    • Beautiful poems, melancholic but still amazing in its simplicity. Read it and return back to your childhood games, thoughts and life.


    • I find poetry books in odd places (almost all "pre-owned") and I have no recollection where I found this book, first published in 1960, by British poet John Betjeman. It's an autobiographical book of poetry written in blank verse covering the poet's formative years. I couldn't help thinking he just decided to pull a Wordsworth. The result for me is mixed. Sometimes his blank verse sings, especially when he's detailing things that fascinated him as a young person: the inner workings of the manufa [...]


    • Published in 1960, this collection of Betjeman's verse covers his memories of early years. Of childhood in London, holidays in Cornwall, schooldays at Marlborough College and University at Oxford.I like to places and the time that the verses invoke. Memories of an Edwardian childhood in North London, right through to Oxford in the late 1920s, where Betjeman famously did not see eye to eye with one of his tutors, C S Lewis. Some people didn't like his verse, thought it too humorous and light-hear [...]


    • Betjeman himself said of this he'd gone "as near prose as he dare". If you can get beyond the thee and thy and the frequent apostrophising of roads, beaches, churches and childhood friends, it evokes a vanished world of comfortable privilege very effectively. No matter how much i reread it, it's always enjoyable. Betjeman knew what he was doing, as with the collected poems he did what he did well and stuck with it. The narrating voice has a wry distance on the story, which allows for shades of v [...]


    • John Betjeman tells the story of his early life in 115 pages of blank verse, interspersed with short poems in more formal forms. I've been meaning to read this for years, and have really enjoyed sinking into it over a beautiful summer weekend. Betjeman is so good on the physical sensations of childhood: the safe warmth of the nursery, the sights and sounds of seaside holidays, the privations of public school life, but he is also very perceptive about family tensions. He vividly examines the stra [...]


    • This is a very beautiful edition of this now classic title; to read and to holdfast. Cover and contents warmly remind of the beautiful and happy things in life. I like Betjeman’s clear and deliberate decision to remember and record in blank verse predominantly what he found good in his life, for what there was to be thankful for. In such a light, even academic failure at Oxford doesn’t seem quite as damaging as it might have so read in prose. Or am I guilty of taking that view in knowledge o [...]


    • I had recently discovered a selection of Betejeman's verse and was reminded that I had once planned to read his verse autobiography. 'Summoned by Bells' was, for me, a delight. Betjeman is a poet of great technical skill, not unlike Larkin or Thomas in his inventive explorations of poetic form, however, he is also less profound than those two champions. In Betjeman's world, cheerfulness is always breaking in and I was grateful to spend a few hours in the company of a learned and sociable compani [...]



    • This book is interesting because it’s a sort of weird mix between poetry and non-fiction. In Summoned By Bells, Betjeman effectively tells the story of his life in a sort of weird mixture of rhyming and non-rhyming verse, with plenty of insightful commentary on the events that shaped his career.I don’t know much about him, but I grabbed this book from the charity shop bins outside where I work and then discovered that it’s a first edition. It’s a beautiful book and I’m proud to own it; [...]


    • Just re-read this, in the edition illustrated by Hugh Casson. What a fine thing it is, and the illustrations are perfect. This is JB on the train journey from Waterloo to Padstow:The small fields waiting, every blackthorn hedgestraining inland before the south west gale.The emptying train, wind in the ventilators,puffs out of Egloskerry to Tresmeerthrough minty meadows, under bearded treesand hills upon whose sides the clinging farmshold Bible Christians.


    • Bicycles with Sturmey Archer gears, Euthymol toothpaste, the stations of the London Underground, the Perpendicular architecture of Betjeman's beloved Church of England and outings to Cornwall on the London and South Western Railway are all woven into an autobiographical narrative that encompasses unpleasant nursemaids, early attempts at poetry, bullying at school, the sights and smells of second-hand bookshops and Sunday Evensong and the list goes on and on.


    • Not a great fan of Betjamin, although he is quite endearing at times, he's also very mannered and glib.There's a story about him arriving in slippers to a tutorial with C S Lewis. He writes poetry that equates to carpet slippers - very comfy, but don't take you very far.


    • I enjoyed the early stages, and I found his self perception to be particularly interesting - but as it wore on, and with the constant refrain of how hard put-upon are aesthetes, I found it hard to prevent myself flicking on a few pages to hurry the experience to its conclusion.



    • Betjeman writes his poems with a fantastic sense of humour and observation. His love of England shines through his poems.



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