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Devonshire Street W.1 -- John Betjeman

       
(Poem #1050) Devonshire Street W.1
 The heavy mahogany door with its wrought-iron screen
   Shuts. And the sound is rich, sympathetic, discreet.
 The sun still shines on this eighteenth-century scene
   With Edwardian faience adornment -- Devonshire Street.

 No hope. And the X-ray photographs under his arm
   Confirm the message. His wife stands timidly by.
 The opposite brick-built house looks lofty and calm
   Its chimneys steady against the mackerel sky.

 No hope. And the iron knob of this palisade
   So cold to the touch, is luckier now than he
 "Oh merciless, hurrying Londoners! Why was I made
   For the long and painful deathbed coming to me?"

 She puts her fingers in his, as, loving and silly
   At long-past Kensington dances she used to do
 "It's cheaper to take the tube to Piccadilly
   And then we can catch a nineteen or twenty-two".
-- John Betjeman
Betjeman is often belittled as a poet of light verse: popular, and populist;
charming and witty and undeniably easy to read, but also (dare I say it) a
wee bit frothy, even frivolous: "the kind of poet that the Queen Mother
would enjoy" [1].

This is very unfair.

It's not a crime to be popular, nor is it a crime to write fluently and
well. Least of all is it a crime to hold true to the subjects dear to your
heart, be they ever so specialized. Betjeman, in his charm, in his language,
in his unabashed fondness for Victorian England, does all three.

And yet...

And yet I do wish, at times, that he had put his talent to (what I consider)
better use. Today's poem is an excellent example of what might have been:
it's sombre, yet not depressing; the verse is a rich amalgam of
conversational lightness and underlying sorrow; the descriptions are
delicate and concise, the characters surprisingly real. Above all, there is
a profound sense of sympathy for the afflicted couple, a sympathy which
finds expression in the essence of the poem, the stoic (and ever-so-English)
message: Life goes on.

thomas.

[1] Sadly, I don't remember who perpetrated this particular statement.

[Minstrels Links]

John Betjeman:
Poem #543, Executive
Poem #613, In Westminster Abbey
Poem #764, A Subaltern's Love Song

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VIC BUNBY said...

This poem is truly exceptional. JB captures the rawness and pain of recieving the devastating news of a disease, he captures the small movements and phrases which two people would say to each other beautifully, then juxtaposes their pain and torment to the "merciless, hurrying Londoners!" who don't know, or care about this mans problems. Betjeman is brilliant at writing poetry that leaves you with a great sense of uneasiness and injustice about how the world works. I've got my a-level about him in two days and hopefully this poem will pop up!

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Bryan Tudor said...

This poem has stuck with me since my school days - around 45 years ago, What a wonderful poem. Every word is simply perfect. When I read it, I read it very slowly. I love the contrast between the devastating, life-changing medical news and the small details of travel plans. He is very lucky to have a loved one to hold his hand at this difficult time. Would that everyone could be so blessed.

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