"I think I'm right in saying he became the Poet Laureate"
Statue of John Betjeman at St Pancras Station, London
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Lady Partridge has confused John Berryman with John Betjeman.

John Betjeman (1906-1984) was a poet, writer, and broadcaster who was the British Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death.

His poetry gained great popular acclaim because of its straightforward style, strongly rhythmic qualities, and a sense of being quintessentially English. These characteristics may be seen in the following extract from 'A Subaltern's Love Song', one of his best-known poems:


               Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Miss J. Hunter Dunn,

               Furnish'd and burnish'd by Aldershot sun,

               What strenuous singles we played after tea,

               We in the tournament - you against me!


               Love-thirty, love-forty, oh! weakness of joy,

              The speed of a swallow, the grace of a boy,

              With carefullest carelessness, gaily you won,

              I am weak from your loveliness, Joan Hunter Dunn.


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