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John Betjeman
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Poet
    (August 28, 1906-May 19, 1984)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was John Betjemann
    Wrote ‘Continual Dew’ (1937), ‘Old Lights for New Chancels’ (1940), ‘New Bats in Old Belfries’ (1945), ‘A Few Late Chrysanthemums’ (1954), ‘Summoned by Bells’ (1960) and ‘A Nip in the Air’ (1974)
    Hosted the TV shows ‘One Man’s County’ (1964), ‘Betjeman in Australia’ (1972), ‘Metro Land’ (1973), ‘A Passion for Churches’ (1974), ‘Queen’s Realm’ (1977) and ‘Time with Betjeman’ (1983)
    Poet Laureate (1972-84)
    He took his teddy bear with him to college.
    He failed to graduate from Oxford.
    C. S. Lewis, his tutor at Oxford, called him ‘an idle prig.’
    He nursed a bitter feud with Lewis the rest of his life.
    When he was named Poet Laureate, the Times called him ‘Teddy Bear to the Nation.’
    When World War I broke out, he was bullied at school by children calling him a German spy.
    His family then dropped the second ‘n’ from their name to make it less Germanic.
    While he was living in Dublin during World War II, the IRA considered assassinating him as a British spy./n/The gunman assigned to kill him recognized his name and decided a poet could not also be a secret agent.
    Near the end of his life, an interviewer asked if he had any regrets. He replied, ‘Not having enough sex.’
    Nick Cave is a fan of his mix of humor and mortality.

Credit: C. Fishel


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