His poems spring from what he really feels about real life, and as a result he brings back to poetry a sense of dramatic urgency it had all but lost
Betjeman is perhaps as completely original a writer as has ever existed
His humour is remarkably versatile, for it can be used to serve both his deepest love and his most remorseless hatred
'Who could ever tire of the amusing and poignant pictures he painted in verses...'
'This "best of", which shows just why Betjeman came to be regarded with more affection than any other poet of the 20th century, lives up to the claim with a selection of his greatest poetry and prose'