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John Betjeman an English poet broadcaster and writer on architecture was born on 6th April 1906 One is tempted to say of Betjeman that he is an architect masque and a poet by accident for architecture has always been his chief preoccupation He wrote many poems to do with Christianity His poems were often humorous and this unusual quality was accepted and eventually became popular One characteristic of Betjemans poems was satire With his use of satire Betjeman communicates his views on themes such as hypocrisy and egotism in society The title Diary of a Church Mouse is simple concise and satirical It defines the persona of a church mouse The word Diary indicates that it is a personal experience It is the recording of feelings and events in the life of the mouse in the church In the 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 selfish and inconsiderate This poem takes the form of a narrative and is seen in the eyes of a church mouse The mouse in the poem represents the type of people Betjeman is denouncing It is not concerned with the religious and ritualistic aspects of the church but more with its status within the church and as seen through the eyes of other people The poem is an undivided unit as there are no verses used to separate ideas All the lines of the poem are of the same length and are organized into rhyming couplets It is a narrative piece as the mouse is talking about himself The rhyming couplets give the poem a rhythmical flow This is used to provide a rhythmical flow to the poem and keep the reader engrossed in the poem The poem describes the life in an English church seen from an unusual angle It is a satire of man hypocrisy this
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