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Critical Appreciation Of Diary of a Church Mouse.

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Critical Appreciation Of Diary of Church Mouse The diary of a Church mouse is the personal life and experience of a mouse that lives in an isolated church. The poet Sir John Betjeman, a modern poet talks about the social problems that occur in the various communities. He uses the mouse symbolically, to talk about the dilemma of everyday societies. The title is simple and precise. Although it isn't very short it gives the reader a general impression and a clear indication that the poem is about the Diary of a church mouse. Diaries generally contain the innermost feelings of the writer. The poem is satirical and even didactical towards the end. It mocks different kinds of personalities that we may come across, and has religious nuance, and teaches us how we must pray and worship God everyday. The main theme of the poem is 'Hypocrisy' The poet uses different examples to narrate to us about the double standards and pretence of society. ...read more.

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He scoffs at a pretentious rat that comes to intimidate the others, and arrives to the spiritual church with bad intentions and to cause more harm than good. He talks about some that enter the sacred gathering for entertainment and are shallow. A "Low Church mouse" insults the mouse for being too traditional and holy, and although he cries in poverty, he continues to do wrong like the rest, and satisfies his desire for food. The mouse is miserable at the thought of sharing all the food, which he has waited patiently all year long for. As you search the poem for a deeper meaning, the poet's language becomes didactical and tells you how human beings worship everyday and do, as they are told. And towards the end, the poet becomes sarcastic and claims that even though humans are pious and dutiful, he finds it ironic that the church is full on Harvest Day with people he never sees throughout the year. ...read more.

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Generally every two lines rhyme with each other leaving a few exceptions. This again gives the illusion of a poem that is flowing, and keeps the reader engrossed. The mood of the poem is not only frustration, but also an indication of jealousy as others consume the mouse's food. The poet uses humour, to cleverly make a narrative with not only dry wit, but also an in-depth meaning. The poem deals with the double standards of society and evokes an emotional response in me, it deals with inner conflict, as at one time or another, all of us have faced people that are selfish and despise the teachings of god. It teaches me to be moral and virtuous, and to realise that we must be pious. Although the poem symbolically uses the mouse to make the readers understand the poet's ideas of different people of society, it applies to mankind in general and I agree with his feelings towards the hypocrisy of our contemporary world. ...read more.

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