• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Betjeman may not write earnestly about religion, love, and death but this does not mean his poetry is lacking in real faith and sincere emotion. Explore this view of Betjeman's poetry in at least two of his poems

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Betjeman may not write earnestly about religion, love, and death but this does not mean his poetry is lacking in real faith and sincere emotion. Explore this view of Betjeman's poetry in at least two poems Some people say that John Betjeman does not write seriously about religion, love or death. There are many examples of poems when he is not writing seriously but there is still real faith and sincere emotion. The first poem I am going to write about is 'Devonshire Street W1'. Devonshire Street is the street next to Harley Street in London; it is a real place. From the first stanza describes the architecture around Devonshire Street. Betjeman uses solid, reassuring words like 'wrought iron' and 'rich' and he says the sun is shining. We get the impression of a good day, in a nice place and are unaware of the bad news coming to us soon. The word 'shuts' on its own could be referring to the door, literally, or his life. ...read more.

Middle

The final stanza shows more genuine emotion than the rest of the poem. His wife takes his hand and reminds him of good times to distract him. The real meaning of the poem is about their time together; their marriage and how they cope, not the bad news that he receives about his terminal illness. This is real emotion, deep emotion and love and in this verse Betjeman shows that he can write seriously as well as earnestly. The second poem I am gong to write about is 'On a Portrait of a Deaf Man'. The deaf man in this poem is John Betjeman's father and this poem was written after his death. He's looking at his father's portrait asking God why it happened. Throughout this poem, Betjeman does not write seriously about his father at all. He says he had an 'egg-shaped head' and wore 'loosely fitting clothes' amongst other things. This gives us an almost comical view of his father. ...read more.

Conclusion

His memories of his father are a very personal emotion to him; actual emotion. This poem is probably one of the strongest examples of real emotion in Betjeman's poetry because it is Betjeman's own memories of his father. At the end of the poem, Betjeman doubts his faith in God, 'You ask me to believe You and I only see decay.' Betjeman wonders why God took his father away; this is an emotion that many people can relate to. After loosing someone close to them, people often have reservations about God or the afterlife. Betjeman may be lacking in faith with God but I think he is just angry that his father died and maybe even for the fact that his father was deaf. By looking at both poems it is obvious that Betjeman can write earnestly about love, religion and death and yet his poems still show real faith and sincere emotion. This is a clever device as Betjeman incorporates some humour in his poems and they still are deep and meaningful. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Poets essays

  1. Wagan Watsons poetry is often read as a representation of race and racial tensions, ...

    a country town loses another generation of its young/to the lust of the city.' The 'taking' of the beast could also reflect how the influx of young people moving to the city from the country never ends (through the use of repetition and emphasis in italics), thus leaving a country town's 'main street void/of the laughter of its children.'

  2. thematic concern of "The Anniversary" by John Donne

    two lovers might be burried in two separate graves or even the same grave, death would not be able to part them from each other. Simultaneously, he hopes that their united souls shall experience more ardent love when the reach towards heaven; negating the fact that their bodies might be buried in separate graves.

  1. IMAGE OF EAGLE IN ALLAMA IQBALS POETRY

    Iqbal seems to be using these words interchangeably. The interchangeable use makes sense because it enables Iqbal to borrow traits from the several members of the same family and produce a composite, but unified, portrait that will serve his purpose of poetry.

  2. To what extent is Hardys poetry dominated by relationships?

    Like in Neutral Tones the landscape mimics the relationship; the leaves are falling and a there is a harsh "norward" wind. The sense of loss is acute and even at the end he hears the "woman calling". In many of the 1912-1913 poems reflect the affect of Emma's death upon his perception.

  1. Analysis on Michael Longley's Poetry - Its effect on me

    Longley tells us of a civil servant who was shot by someone who "walked into the kitchen and shot him" while he was "preparing an Ulster fry". The civil servant, a personal friend of longley's is shot infront of his family, while still in his dressing gown.

  2. The folly of Human Beings is a Constant Source of Amusement to Him Explore ...

    the "firm," rather than his own and so it seems that the speaker is making himself appear more important than he really is. "Sun and Fun" shows a different presentation of "folly" as rather than presenting this behaviour in a comical way, Betjeman uses a very sad and longing tone

  1. Considering in detail one or two poems or passages from longer poems, discuss Browning's ...

    Then in line fifteen the reader discovers where the poem is set, Fiesole, a small Italian town, later described as a 'Yonder, sober, pleasant Fiesole', indicating Andrea's apparent boredom of the town along with his description of its colour, 'A common greyness silvers everything', gradually allowing the reader into the mind of Andrea.

  2. Why is most of Coleridge's best writing unfinished?

    Maybe this poet wasn't certain that he liked what the poem implied about him. It is believed that much of Coleridges best poetry was fragmented or unfinished. The critic, I. A. Richards even went so far as to say that Coleridge wrote "no completed poem to match his fragments"4 Coleridges

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work