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Bio: John Betjeman () was named poet laureate in , and is known for his nostalgic writings on contemporary topics. On a pillar in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey is a memorial to Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate and broadcaster. Sir John Betjeman’s centenary will be marked with a wreathlaying ceremony at his memorial in Poets’ Corner on Monday.

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Let me take this other glove off The bouncy, trochaic rhythm unstressed stressed immediately gives us an indication of her style of speech as rather peremptory. Whensoever I have the time. Collected Poems, first published innow has sold over 2. This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library. She is not in the habit of saying please; she enjoins God to: Betjeman’s humorous satire shines through in In Westminster Abbeywhere, given the context and situation, what would normally be a very grave and abbry tone becomes lackadaisical and almost humorous.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. By using trochaic rather than iambic rhythm and therefore placing the stress at the avbey of the line, Betjeman succeeds in making the tone more emphatic.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: She does not realize the severity of the war and destruction going on around her, and since we know in the aftermath of World War II westminzter real suffering and atrocities that went on the audience is made befjeman oppose the speaker and her point of view. However, the line is metrically short.


In Westminster Abbey- Revision Notes – Revision For NI

Written inthe betjekan gives a backdrop of the beginning of World War II in which the German army is quickly advancing through France and approaching the banks of the English Channel.

Once again, she will only do what suits her, and on her own terms.

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Rather than pray for the preservation of life, she is more concerned that her shares should take a drop amid the tumultuous world affairs. Dean and Chapter of Westminster https: This shows the lack of any true piety or personal relationship with God. Cut down that timber! He is known for his light touch on serious issues, and was known to satirize society’s superficiality, which we see here in In Westminster Abbey.

Sarah from studyhippo Hi there, would you like to get such a paper? John Betjeman 84 was named poet laureate inand is known for his nostalgic writings on contemporary topics.

This poem by Betjeman is abey set in World War II era Great Britiain, where an elderly woman is praying inside Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs are crowned and famous Englishmen have been buried for centuries. It’s meant to be humorous. He uses irony throughout, as the woman unwittingly in the process gives her true character away. Now I feel a little better, What a treat to hear Thy word, hich is very ironical as she did all of the speaking and there is no indication of any listening!


Each verse rhymes abcbdd. Help our lads to win the war. Sbbey Lord, oh bomb the Germans. Tone Being a dramatic monologue the tone is dominated by the speaking voice of the well-off lady.

In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman

Join today for free! I like it because it’s about the Lord and stuff but the following passage struck me as odd. In the Eternal Safety Zone. Here, where England’s statesmen lie, Listen to a lady’s cry.

What a treat to hear Thy Word. I love irony, and this is the best.

Analysis of In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman

He served on the Abbey’s Architectural Advisory Panel. Pamela – Rector’s Secretary. The fourth line in which she condescends to pardon God if he should make a mistake shows how devoid of actual piety she is, since it is God who traditionally pardons sinners, not the reverse.

After her pious ramblings, the woman feels she can leave with a lighter spirit, leaving the readers wondering whether to laugh or cry.