Джон Бетжемен цитаты
Дата рождения: 28. Август 1906
Дата смерти: 19. Май 1984
Другие имена: Sir John Betjeman
Сэр Джон Бетчеман — британский поэт и писатель, один из основателей Викторианского Общества.
Цитаты Джон Бетжемен
„Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!“
— John Betjeman, Slough
"Slough" line 1, from Continual Dew (1937).
Источник: Selected Poems
„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.“
"Devonshire Street W.1" line 1, from A Few Late Chrysanthemums (1954).
Radio Talk. BBC Third Programme (1949)
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„Stony seaboard, far and foreign,
Stony hills poured over space,
Stony outcrop of the Burren,
Stones in every fertile place.“
"In Ireland with Emily" from New Bats in Old Belfries.
„He sipped at a weak hock and seltzer
As he gazed at the London skies
Through the Nottingham lace of the curtains
Or was it his bees-winged eyes?“
"The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel" line 1, from Continual Dew.
"The Hon. Sec." line 39, from High and Low (1966).
„In the licorice fields at Pontefract
My love and I did meet
And many a burdened licorice bush
Was blooming round our feet;
Red hair she had and golden skin,
Her sulky lips were shaped for sin,
Her sturdy legs were flannel-slack'd
The strongest legs in Pontefract.“
"The Licorice Fields at Pontefract" from A Few Late Chrysanthemums.
„And behind their frail partitions
Business women lie and soak,
Seeing through the draughty skylight
Flying clouds and railway smoke.Rest you there, poor unbelov'd ones,
Lap your loneliness in heat,
All too soon the tiny breakfast,
Trolley-bus and windy street!“
"Business Girls" line 13, from A Few Late Chrysanthemums.
„Oh shall I see the Thames again?
The prow-promoted gems again,
As beefy ATS
Without their hats
Come shooting through the bridge?
And "cheerioh" and "cheeri-bye"
Across the waste of waters die,
And low the mists of evening lie
And lightly skims the midge.“
"Henley-on-Thames", from New Bats in Old Belfries.
„Gracious Lord, oh bomb the Germans.
Spare their women for Thy Sake,
And if that is not too easy,
We will pardon Thy Mistake.
But, gracious Lord, whate'er shall be,
Don't let anyone bomb me.“
"In Westminster Abbey" line 1, from Old Lights for New Chancels (1940).
„I am a young executive. No cuffs than mine are cleaner;
I have a Slimline brief-case and I use the firm's Cortina.“
"Executive" line 1, from A Nip in the Air (1974).