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  • adj. Resembling the works of John Betjeman (1906-1984), English poet and broadcaster.


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Betjeman +‎ -esque


  • A marvel of exactitude and the quantifying imagination, the Ordnance project conjures a "Betjemanesque image" of cycle-touring and jolly tramps through bog and heather.

    Map of a Nation by Rachel Hewitt – review

  • Here it is, in all it's lovely, Betjemanesque glory:

    A Hopeful New Year

  • Great Regulars: Yet there is an easy wit to "The Rich", with its rise to the fervent pitch of that "scorned advantage", which the rich will voluntarily give away in a moment of revolutionary fervour, followed by a mocking, Betjemanesque rhyme: "They know that it can't happen / In Worthing or Wantage".

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • The choruses are as good if not better than any in the canon, and other highlights include a duet of almost Verdian beauty for tenor and soprano, a show-stopping patter septet, a deliciously camp number for the stomping Life Guards, and a wittily Betjemanesque hymn to English girls of five foot ten and eleven stone two. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph


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