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

Betjeman constructs a world by carefully chosen detail. Do you agree with this assessment in the light of your reading of Death in Leamington and Devonshire Street, W.1.?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Betjeman constructs a world by carefully chosen detail." Do you agree with this assessment in the light of your reading of "Death in Leamington" and "Devonshire Street, W.1."? Betjeman's lexis in the poem "Death in Leamington" exemplifies only dark and decaying imagery, expressing death itself through powerful metaphors and thus exhibiting a sombre mood which is significant in its reflection of the death of the woman. Indeed, through his diction, Betjeman is able to conjure a world himself, which is put across quite carefully to the reader in its specific detail. The poem "Devonshire Street, W.1." is equally a construction of a world by carefully chosen detail. ...read more.

Middle

The "stucco is peeling" in stanza six, implying through such symbolism that there is a sense of decay, a symbolic death of both the woman and of an era, with this ambiguity only strengthening the pessimism throughout. Furthermore, as the "gas in the hall" is turned down, greater symbolism is created, as this has connotations of a turning down of life - of a "grey decay". The very satire that exists in "Chintzy, chintzy cheeriness" is dark in its deeper meaning. The fact that a woman has died is anything but humorous and yet Betjeman includes such satire, perhaps to reflect upon a world in which we do not understand death for what it is - a passing of life - but something altogether lighter. ...read more.

Conclusion

The door is "heavy" with a "wrought-iron screen", which is in fact symbolic of a divide in life: a division of compassion and of emotionlessness, which cannot be reunited as this metaphorical divide is one of "wrought-iron". The narrator repeats "No hope", with this repetition providing emphasis to the negativity which seemingly permeates both "Death in Leamington" and "Devonshire Street, W.1." Indeed, the adjectives "merciless", "cold", "silly", "timidly" and "iron" all also contribute to the creation of a world that exists in the heart of London which is, again, oblivious of the needs and sorrow's of others, thus a world by carefully chosen detail is in fact created by Betjeman as his lexis is greatly infused with symbolism of deeper meaning. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shirwa - L6M0 pg. 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Betjeman 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 GCSE John Betjeman essays

  1. Betjemans poetry reveals an unfilled longing for youth. Do you agree?

    Indeed, Senex is, in fact, a mocking satire on Actaeon - a mythology whereby a youth sees the naked goddess Diana. Betjeman paints vivid imagery with his diction, 'and icy as an icicle' being a prominent one. This is a nonsensical simile with connotations of the harshness of the winter

  2. Compare and Contrast the Poetry of James Berry and John Betjeman, with particular reference ...

    She knew everybody and everybody knew her. Nowadays she doesn't feel at home in London because she doesn't know anybody and she doesn't feel at home in Jamaica because everybody has moved on. This saddens her greatly because she is now not only alienated from the people in London but also has nothing in common with her old Jamaican friends either.

  1. We have been giving to 20th century poems to examine. They are "Evans" by ...

    This tells us that she was in some kind of old peoples home. The writer says, "But nurse was alone with her own little soul, and the things were alone with theirs." This means that she wasn't really paying that much attention to the woman, she was in her own

  2. Poems by John Betjeman

    Also they are both written through the eyes of the beholder, which shows a very personal side to the poems. The Language and Vocabulary couldn't be more different between the two poems. 'Indoor Games near Newbury' uses very soft and childlike terms such as 'fairies, dreamland, safe, kissing, furry,' this

  1. "Betjeman has... very brilliantly made us think about being alive, being dead... while infact ...

    'Breast high 'mid the stands and chairs,' the woman that had died had chairs ready and waiting for any visitors, but still she was much more content with the life that she had lived in the past. Like the verse before, this verse illustrates the actions of the nurse and symbolises her everyday routine.

  2. Could The Suicide be The Executive after a life of failure?

    'The executive' was so high flying, so cocky and arrogant. Betjeman is satirising The Executive. He was so insecure about his life he had to go talk himself up to strangers who probably don't even care. 'I am a young executive' this line shows he was talking to an older

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