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Diary of a Church Mouse John Betjeman, a poet who became famous during the 1970's wrote many poems, which the main theme was considered to be hypocrisy and egotism in society. The poem 'Diary of a Church Mouse' is split up into 3 stanzas. In 'Diary of a Church Mouse' Betjeman highlights the hypocrisy of certain types of people and their desire to be seen as high class and virtuous while really, are selfish and inconsiderate. Although it is a mouse speaking, it is almost personified and this poem takes form of a narrative through the eyes of a mouse living in the church. ...read more.


The mouse in the poem represents the type of people Betjeman was critical of. The mouse itself is not concerned with the religious aspects of the church but more with its status within the church. The mouse is hypocritical of the people who come to the church, as they come not for worship, but to satisfy themselves. We can see that the people that come to the church are only there as some sort of social meeting, few come there as it is part of their lives to be a good Christian. Many are there as it is what is expected of them and is a time to show off their finest clothes. ...read more.


The end of the poem seems to sum it all up. It is put in an ironic way as 'its strange to me how very full the church' is with people the mouse never sees 'except at Harvest Festival.' We can see by the poem there are few that are religious and stay dutiful for the rest of the time they are out of church. The poet's intention of publicising and criticising various communities and classes seems successful. He has successfully highlighted the problems and hypocrisy in society which is portrayed using the mouse, although the mouse seems contradictory in everything he says, it does show us about various societies and how only when it suits them, they attend church, only to make the most of the harvest. ...read more.

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