John Betjeman — English Poet born on August 28, 1906, died on May 19, 1984

Sir John Betjeman, CBE was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death... (wikipedia)

Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life.
People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
I don't think I am any good. If I thought I was any good, I wouldn't be.
Now if the harvest is over, And the world cold, Give me the bonus of laughter, As I lose hold.