BETJEMAN, Sir JOHN (1906-1984, poet, author and broadcaster)
The poem, with shades of 'A Subaltern's Love Song': 'Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Miss J. Hunter Dunn...', is best-known for the third and fourth stanzas:
Pam I adore you, Pam, you great big mountainous sports girl Whizzing them over the net, full of the strength of five That Old Malvernian brother you zephyr & khaki shorts girl Although he's playing for Woking Can't stand up to your wonderful back hand drive
See the strength of her arm as firm & hairy as Hendrens See the size of her thighs & pout of her lips as cross And full of a pent up strength she swipes at the rhododendrons Lucky the rhododendrons And flings her arrogant love lock Back with a petulant toss...
These manuscripts differ from the final text in Collected Poems (30 lines) in their punctuation, the set-up of some lines and in some variant readings they retain. Part of one line in the draft reads 'Freckled your legs & ankles' instead of 'That Old Malvernian brother', which comes in the following line.