I wonder how many children who have been encouraged to spend a year of their lives working through Eleven Plus verbal reasoning papers ever land up reading and writing poetry?
Take for example Sir John Betjeman 1906 – 84 who wrote:
Miss J. Hunter Dunn, Miss J Hunter Dunn,
Furnish’d and burnish’d by
What strenuous singles we played after tea,
We in the tournament – you against me.
One way and another I am sure that all of us will remember the last verse:
And the scent of her wrap, and the words never said,
And the ominous, ominous dancing ahead.
We sat in the car park till twenty to one
And now I am engaged to Miss Joan Hunter Dunn.
A cautionary tale to every young man! An easily understandable story to every bright eleven year old girl! I doubt that he worked through any eleven plus papers when he was eleven.