Jared's Reviews > Faith and Doubt of John Betjeman: An Anthology of his Religious Verse

Faith and Doubt of John Betjeman by Kevin J. Gardner
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Jun 04, 09

bookshelves: recommended, good-poetry

I'm not much of a poetry reader, and a lot of these pieces seem to run together in a very undistinguished and indistinguishable fashion, but there are also quite a few gems in this anthology. Dr. Gardner's explications of the poems at the beginning of each chapter grouping is helpful and insightful without being intrusive or interpreting the poems to death. My one editing complaint is the scarcity of footnotes. Most poems have, at most, a single arbitrary footnote, leaving all sorts of references unexplained which are sure to baffle the casual modern reader.
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