The Lost Woman by Patricia Beer

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.

The poem:
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
Exmouth, Devon
Died: August 15 1999
Upottery, Devon
– 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 presentation:

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

Fenicios, Hebreos, Asirios y Neobabilonicos

Con Maria Marta, nuestra profesora de historia, estuvimos estudiando algunos pueblos. Estos son los Fenicios, los Hebreos, los Asirios y los Neobabilonicos. Nos dividimos en 3 grupos y a cada uno le fue asignado un pueblo. A mi, con Rosario Vago, me tocaron los Asirios y los Neobabilonicos.

Mi trabajo: AsiriosyNeobabilonicos


Estudiamos sobre las ideas principales, las palabras claves e su integración, similitudes y diferencias, con civilizaciones anteriores.



The Prison by Bernard Malamud

With our literature teacher, Pato Chujman, we start reading the story “Prison” by Bernard Malamud.

In our first class we search about the author.

I took notes about the writer, Bernard Malamud .
• Born in April 26 1914
• Died in March 18 1986
• Grew up in Brooklyn
• Worked in a factory and
• He was a professor

He’s themes were:
• Mythic elements
• Isolation
• Social classes
• Conflict between high class and artistic values

• National book award for fiction x2
• Pulitzer prize for fiction
• O Henry award
• Pen/Malamud award

We also analyse the paragraphs
I took down notes:

• The main character, Tony Castelli, was 29, he had past mistakes
• People decide everything for him
• His marriage was an arrangement
• His wife, Rosa, started calling Tony for Tommy so he lost his identity
• The landlord resolved a crime problem, he was fighting with his gang
• Rosa’s father open a candy store for him to run
• Rosa was rich
• Tony’s dreams were crushed, he was doomed
• Doomed: destined to fail, he make an attempt to change and it gone worst
• He can’t make any decision for his own

• Tommy started looking for money distributing punchboards and putting a slot machine
• He is giving up
• Rosa’s father got angry and broke the machine
• He curses the candy store, rosa and hia unhappy life
• But he wasn’t doing nothin because of fear
• He is dead alive

If he can not put his thoughts into actions he will be in his prison forever.

Specular moment–> he with the girl

We did a Slideshare analysing it.

This is a summary I did with Rochi and Maria.
The story prison by Bernard Malamud is about Tommy, who is the main character, can’t control his life. He was a thief when he was a kid so nobody trusted his decisions. His father made an arrange marrige with the father of Rosa. When they got married, even though Tommy didnt want to, his father-in-law gave them as present a candy store, they arranged all hos life and he didnt say nothing. Tommy kept all to him self and didnt complaine, but Rosa was the opposite of Tommy. She wanted to seem strong even if she was sad because society made her like that. Tommy was doomed. A little girl always came to the store asking paper, and one day he realized that she was stealing. In that moment Tommy had a specular moment with the little girl because he used to be a thief. He didnt want the girl to end up like him. Trying to help her Tommy had an epiphanic moment and realized that the person he needs to help is himeself. At the end Tommy has an outbreak and contradicts Rosa, which made Rosa cry because of humiliation.

Bonus Track:
1) What did Rosa do to the girl when she found her stealing?
Rosa started calling the girl a thief.
2) How is this foreshadowed earlier in the story?
In my opinion, the foreshadowing is when Rosa´s father called Tommy a thief for buying the slot machine.


Passion by Kathleen Raine

Now on literature we are analysing the poem Passion of Kathleen Raine.

In our first class we search the life of the author.

I took notes:

  • She was a mystical poet
  • She live nature and hated modernity
  • Eastern, spiritual phylosophy of life

In our second and third class we read the poem and analysing in full on a slideshare.

I took notes:

  • The sky is talking to her to convince her that she had to move on
  • Themes:
  • Heartbreak, Unrequilled love
  • Nature will never abandon those who love her; mankind will (because we are imperfect)
  • Tone:
  • Depressing, sad, sorrowful
  • And then, hopeful and joyful


  • Inside = chaos
  • Outside = tranquil


  • She was waiting for a phone call of the man she loves


  • She can’t write anymore
  • She was allusinating


  • The sky spoke to her in a clear language
  • Sky, personification


  • Voice: nature
  • You and nature are one


  • Life goes on, she had to move on, she had to stop suffering


  • She could see everything clear, that she had to move on, that she didn’t need te man because passion is in nature
  • Nature is inmortal and full of passion


  • The sky is like her mind
  • She changer her mind
  • She can see everything in a possitive way


Later, Pato gave us an essay that we have to do with Senior 2 about the poem.

I did it with Agustin Reynal.