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CLIP 9188

John Betjeman Interview

John Betjeman Interview

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Key Info
  • John Betjeman Interview
  • Duration: 02:50
  • Royston Ellis interviews John Betjeman about the inspiration for 'A Subaltern's Love Song' and about his thoughts on writing poetry. Betjeman talks about success and popularity - or lack of it, what inspires a poem and his love of rhyme and rhythm. This clip is published as part of the BBC Poetry Season, for more materials on this poet and poetry in general visit the website - Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: Early and Mid 20th Century

  • Keywords: Betjeman, inspiration, popularity, creativity, writing, thepoetryseason
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip would be a good introduction to Betjeman's poetry. It could be used in conjunction with the clip in which John Sergeant discusses the poet. Do you learn similar things from each? Which is the more informative?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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