Poems in the Porch
The Radio Poems of John Betjeman
Edited by Kevin J. Gardner
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Poems in the Porch by Kevin J. Gardner
Book DescriptionThis book represents a genuine and important discovery in the canon of Betjeman's poems, often considered closed with the publication of the "Complete Poems".Between 1953-57, John Betjeman read a series of poems on 'The Faith in the West' program airing on the BBC's West of England Home Service. This series, called 'Poems in the Porch,' was so popular that Betjeman received constant requests to publish the poems. Although he deprecatingly referred to the poems as mere 'verses', Betjeman at last capitulated to the public. The result was a slim volume of six poems, entitled "Poems in the Porch". What few people now realize is that Betjeman read at least 20 original poems on the radio in this series, perhaps even more, although owing to the haphazard records of both the BBC and Betjeman himself it is impossible to reconstruct with complete accuracy the history of this series.Kevin Gardner has been able to identify and collect 26 of these poems and has written a fascinating introductory essay recounting the story of Betjeman as a radio poet and discussing the artistry of these poems. Most have never been published and currently exist only in manuscript. We know for certain of 20 occasions when Betjeman read his poems on the 'Faith in the West' program, and of these we know 16 specific titles. Despite the gap between the BBC records on the one hand and the printed and manuscript texts on the other, Gardner has been able to construct a relatively reliable edition of Betjeman's "Poems in the Porch".This book will cause a radical reassessment of his canon and will create great waves in the Betjeman community.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781847063281
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kevin J. Gardner
Poems in the Porch, Paperback (September 2009)
Between 1953-57, John Betjeman read a series of poems on "The Faith in the West" program airing on the BBC's West of England Home Service. This series, called "Poems in the Porch", was so popular that Betjeman received constant requests to publish the poems. This book features an important discovery in the canon of Betjeman's poems.
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Sir John Betjeman was one of the twentieth century's great makers of the Christian imagination. He used his formidable gifts for poetry to show us how to think about the Anglican faith and about Englishness, and Christianity in general. This is an anthology of about 75 poems on religious themes, with footnotes and an introduction.
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Author Biography - Kevin J. Gardner
Kevin Gardner is Professor of English Literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is currently writing a scholarly monograph on Betjeman's Christian imagination.
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