The Church, also known as the house of God, is seen by the poet as a current building and all being alike, "another church: matting, seats, and stone..." some brass and stuff" which gives the reader a very dismissive attitude fromthe poet. He agrees with Betjeman that the church disserves no believe or respect "Hatless, I take off my cycle-clips in awkward reverence."
Instead of commenting on the beauty of the church, he looks at the roof asking himself if it is "cleaned, or restored"" It seems that the poet is even more disrespectful than Betjeman donating an Irish sixpence and then further emphasizing, "reflect the place was not worth stopping for."
The poet is for sure that churches will fall down except for some, which will be kept as a chronic symbol where women will bring their children to touch a particular stone believing that they will work as a spell. His opinion is that "superstition, like belief, must die." This supposes a strong blow againstthe church and towards believe.
Philip Larkin asks himself who will be the last to see the church before it deteriorates completely "some ruin-bibber" some "Christmas-addict" someone obsessed with church or someone just like him who has no believe or sympathy withthe church.
For the poet, the church is the place of marriage, birth and death and believes that that causes people to become fanatic towards church because they see it as the place that marks the most important points of life.
Larkin also sees the church trying to make people see natural things of life such as birth and having children as being in their destiny and that people will always look for the spiritual side.
In conclusion, I would say that the poets are conscious of the poetic diction they use in order to bring through their feelings about the church. They do not see any reason or need for which religion and believe exist... [continues]
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