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Sir John Betjeman (1906-84)

A Ballad of the Investiture 1969 1977

RCIN 1047139

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John Betjeman’s offering on the Investiture of The Prince of Wales, 1969. The poem itself is indicative of the changing role of the Poet Laureate. Unlike Day-Lewis’s poem on this occasion, which follows the more traditional celebratory ode form, Betjeman’s poem is intimate and autobiographical. Presented to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by John Betjeman, 1977