The Lost Woman
By Patricia Beer
Before reading the poem, we searched information about the writer, we check S2 blogs and watched an slideshare made by Juan Cruz Subira and Gaston Posse about Contemporary Literature features.
My mother went with no more warning than a bright voice and a bad pain. Home from school on a June morning And where the brook goes under the lane I saw the back of a shocking white Ambulance drawing away from the gate.
She never returned and I never saw Her buried. So a romance began. The ivy-mother turned
into a tree That still hops away like a rainbow down The avenue as I approach. My tendrils are the ones that clutch.
I made a life for her over the years. Frustrated no more by a dull marriage She ran a canteen through several wars. The wit of a cliché-ridden village
She met her match at an extra-mural Class and the OU summer school.
Many a hero in his time And every poet has acquired A lost woman to haunt the home, To be compensated and desired, Who will not alter, who will not grow, A corpse they need never get to know.
She is nearly always benign. Her habit Is not to stride at dead of night. Soft and crepuscular in rabbit- Light she comes out. Hear how they hate Themselves for losing her as they did. Her country is bland and she does not chide.
But my lost woman evermore snaps From somewhere else: ‘You did not love me. I sacrificed too much perhaps, I showed you the way to rise above me And you took it. You are the ghost
The information about the writer:
Born: November 4, 1919
Died: August 15 1999
– When she was 14 her mother died so her main theme is death
– She was an English poet, critic, novelist, memorist, and literary academic.
– She started writing poetry after the World War One.
-She wrote «New Romantic» poetry or Contemporary Literature
The summary of it:
– Multiple narrators
– A mixture of pastiche of subjects and genres
– Modern narrative
– Influenced by World war 2
– Literature that comments upon itself
– Contains characters that behave the way most readers would
– The story is set in the present
– Setting is seen at least as a real place
– It has to deal with reality
– Dialogue is informal and conversational and often includes regional dialects
– Experimentation with form and structure
– Reflects the author’s perspective