The Abbey is not currently open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy are continuing to worship and pray, in-line with government guidance. They are also producing a podcast to mark key liturgical events. The early 18th century marble cartouche was found unused in the Abbey triforium and it was decided to use this as the basis for Sir John's memorial.

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Post a Comment. Bio: John Betjeman 84 was named poet laureate in , and is known for his nostalgic writings on contemporary topics. He celebrated classical architecture and often wrote satirical pieces about the superficial contemporary society around him, often criticizing it as well. Whensoever I have the time.

So, Lord, reserve for me a crown,. And do not let my shares go down. I will labor for Thy kingdom,. Help our lads to win the war,. Send white feathers to the cowards. Join the Women's Army Corps,. Then wash the Steps around Thy Throne. In the Eternal Safety Zone. Now I feel a little better,. What a treat to hear Thy Word. Where the bones of leading statesmen,. Have so often been interred. And now, dear Lord, I cannot wait,. Because I have a luncheon date.

This poem by Betjeman is clearly 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. Also,vin her prayer, the woman refers to her homeland as "the Empire" 13 , which existed up through WWII.

Considering the setting - England in the s - we find the elderly woman praying to God about the war. However, this poem also shows how Betjeman satirically pokes fun at typical Christians who pray to God for help, but that the expense of others.

The woman assumes that the British Empire has contributed so much to the world - "Think of what our Nation stands for, books from Boots and country lanes, free speech, free passes, class distinction, democracy and proper drains" that they deserve to be saved from all harm.

She also believes that, simply because she is praying for help, that she deserves to hold a higer power over others who worship God.

She ends the poem - in which she has spent her time praying for the demise of others in order to bring her prosperity - assuming that she has done the duties of a good Christian, but must hurry along because she has a lunch date. She is desperately praying to God to save her and her country, but cannot take any more time out of her day to pray or to thank God for being kind and merciful and generous, but must move on to something better waiting for her. Labels: Satire setting location irony social commentary.

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Poetry analysis: In Westminster Abbey John Betjeman

The whole poem can be read here. The poem is set out in seven stanzas, each of six lines, which are known as sextets. The first and third lines are written with four stresses, thus trochaic tetrameter, while the second and fourth have three stresses and are iambic trimeter. The concluding lines in the rhyming couplet return to the iambic tetrameter rhythm. By using trochaic rather than iambic rhythm and therefore placing the stress at the start of the line, Betjeman succeeds in making the tone more emphatic.

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Talk about the vox humana! This is it. I love irony, and this is the best. Thanks bobbedford for directing my attention to this poet. Love "the Eternal Safety Zone. I think the poem was okay. I seems like she is concerned about everyone in the world, but she's more focused on herself.


In Westminster Abbey

The Castle Edwin Muir. Let me take this other glove off As the vox humana swells, And the beauteous fields of Eden Bask beneath the Abbey bells. Gracious Lord, oh bomb the Germans. Think of what our Nation stands for, Books from Boots and country lanes, Free speech, free passes, class distinction, Democracy and proper drains. Lord, put beneath Thy special care One-eighty-nine Cadogan Square. So, Lord, reserve for me a crown.

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