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Song by Lady Mary Worth

In literature class Pato left us an activity about Song by Lady Mary Worth. Based on a video and a presentation we had to make a summary of the poem and answer some questions.

Here is the activity:


-Who is the voice?

The voice is a woman. Moreover, in the poem we can see the writer’s viewpoint about men.

-Write a summary for each stanza.
1st stanza: in the first stanza, Mary Worth compares men with children. And how they act when they are with women. Moreover, it explains how constantly women are trying to please men, but they are never conform. We can see this through this quote: “Never satisfied with having”, this explain that, although, you give men what they desire they will always want more. The writer refers to ‘child’ personifying it as ‘love’, because it is always crying. Since the first stanza ‘love’ is referring to a male.

I this stanza we can see several literary devices, as a metaphor, imageries, auditory and visual.

2nd stanza: in the second stanza we can see how the writer says that we cannot trust in men, they will always lie to you. We can see this through this quote: “What he promiseth he breaketh”, this shows that we should not count on them, they will break their promise.

3rd stanza: in the third stanza in the poem it is still showing that men are false. If you let them gain they will live you and you will fail as a woman. This is shown through the last two lines of the stanza: “let him gain the hand, he’ll leave you, And still glory to deceive you”.

4th stanza: in the fourth stanza the personna says that men are cruel because they are happy, take pleasure in your disconfirm, they are happy when they see you crying. Men will never be able to please women, nevertheless they can give you gifts, if you ask them a favor, they do not do it.

5th stanza: in the fifth stanza the speaker compares men with animals through metaphors. It explains that although it is different for them change their characteristics it is not impossible. Furthermore, it is difficult to take them out of our lives, but when situations as in the poem were explained happen, we have to leave love alone in the same way as we would leave an argumentative child alone.

-What is the theme? And the tone?
The themes of the poem are love between man and women, men actions, relationships, women’s perspective about men.

The poem is based in how men can treat you from the perspective of a woman, and how is the relationship if this happens.

The tones are warning, advising,
-Find at least 3 literary devices and explain them.
1-Personification: We can see this through this quote: “love a child is ever crying”. The poem compares love with kids. Children cry, always want more than they have, they never value anything. As love, from the personna viewpoint, is.

2-Simile: this literary device is present in the fifth stanza. The speaker says “as a child then leave him crying, nor seek him so given to flying”, we should leave love alone as we should leave an argumentative child.

3-Hyperbole: We can see this in the 5th stanza. The voice says “Wolves no fiercer in their preying” trying to show that men are even worse than wolves. They have more ferocity, they are more fierce than wolves.

-In your opinion, which is the most powerful line?

In my opinion “He will triumph in your wailing” is one of the most powerful lines because they not only make you suffer, they take pleasure in your pain. Their victory is making you suffer, seeing you sad. This is why I believe it is a strong line, because the personna is describing men as if they desire to see women unhappy.

-Do you agree with the speaker? Give reasons.

I do not agree with the speaker because all men are not as she describes. Most of them are not false, do not wish to see you sad and truly love you. I believe that some men are as she describes, as some women are too. However, I think, that a bad experience with a man do not mean they are all like that. This is not something that happen usually so I wouldn’t talk about so evil men in general, because, as I said, they are not all like that.

Essay-Passion By:Florencia Andres, Sivila Correa Perkins y Abril Teran Frias

As homework we did an essay with senior 2. We were divided into groups with one or two students of senior 1 and the same with senior 2. Together we made an essay about the poem ‘Passion’ by Kathleen Raine

Kathleen Raine tackles the theme of love through her positive feelings that are created by nature. The writer expresses her emotions about her unrequited love by the passion she feels about nature.

The poem relates nature and love through metaphors that compare her feelings with the world that surrounds us. ”When the war ends, and the sky rolls away, And all is light, love and eternity” As you can see she uses the sun and the clear skies to show that her mind is now free of the torment and sadness that her unrequited love was bringing to her.

She also portrays nature as an immortal love and she compares this love to an unrequited one and demonstrating how nature brings you only happiness and peace, since she and nature are a single being. And on the other hand, how unrequited love brings you pain and “The well-known and mortal death, heartbreak.”  She implies that if you fall in love unrequitedly it feels as if you’re not alive, it’s the closest to death psychologically.  Moreover the poem compares what she feels for her lover with her feelings for nature. It shows her changes of mind when she realizes how nature was her real love.

    For example , the poem starts with the voice´s feelings for a man , after being abandoned by her beloved, she has a chaos inside her, although her outside seems full of peace, because of nature. She is trying to get her lover back “Waiting for the longed-voice to speak through the mute telephone”. This personification explains that the speaker’s lover is not contacting her. She thought that her real and biggest love was her ex-boyfriend but after a few stanzas she realizes that she had something better than human love, the love of nature.


In the lasts stanzas you can realize how the voice is changing her mind, while she is lying on the ground, she hears a voice talking to her, saying, “You have what you desire”. Meaning that she already had what she wanted and needed, nature.The voice is continuously talking to her. It orders to her,“Lift up” life continues, that she already has the clouds, the wind, the stars, and the oceans, what was really important for her. And there she understand that the nature was her real love.
In conclusion, the writer deals with love expressing her feelings through nature. Through the poem she explains her chaos in her soul and her peace which is created through nature.



Games at Twilight Anita Desai

Afer reading the first pages of Passion we anyled them. To record that work we mada a slideshare all together.

We finished analyzing Games at Twilight!

After analyzing the story, we answered some questions about it.


  1. Themes and Issues.
  1.  Other of the themes that we have thought for the story are “ Death of innocence and childhood” and “Growing up and maturing is painful”.
  1. How does the writer show that the atmosphere at the beginning of the story is oppressive?
  1.  She shows that the atmosphere at the beginning of the story is oppressive by using vocabulary related to confinement and suffocation , for example when she uses “bloated” “they begged” “choked”, and by how she describes the environment, “the birds still drooped like dead fruit”  ”’dog lay stretched as if dead…. His paws and ears and tails all reaching out like dying travellers in search of water”.

    3)What are your impressions of the following children from the first section of the story?

  1.  -Mira, was the most mature girl of the group and she acted like a mother who restores order as well. The word that the author uses to describe her is “Motherly”. She was responsible.

   – Manu, was the youngest boy of the group and he was very childish. In addition, he felt influenced by the oldest ones of the group and he was very innocent. Physically he was very small and weak.

   – Raghu, was the bully of the group, furthermore, all the children were inspired by him. He was very strong and everyone feared him. Physically, he had long, hefty and hairy footballer legs.

4) The rest of the story focuses in Ravi, the main character. Answer the following questions;

  1. What are Ravi’s feelings at the beginning?

Ravi felt frightened and as if he was in a dark and depressing mortuary. He felt scared because Raghu was near the shed and he could find him. He also felt frightened because the shed was a scary and dark place full of webs, rats and strange insects.

  1.  How is the shed described? why are these details important to understanding Ravi’s feelings

The shed was described as a place full of broken and forgotten things, rats, spider webs and all kinds of insects. There was a probability that there even where snakes.  A place described by the author as “a dark and depressing mortuary”. Moreover the ceiling was very low.  Also, the place has a particular smell of grave.

  1. How does Ravi feel about managing to escape from Raghu at this point of the story?

He felt that it was impossible for him to escape from Raghu’s long legs. However, he felt with self-congratulation as a true winner.

  1. How does Ravi feel as he looks around his new environment?
  1. He felt suffocated. Mainly he was frightened, because he was in a dark and creepy place.
  2.       B) what are his feelings about the people and the environment outside the shed?
  3. His feelings about the people and environment outside the shed were happy. Everyone was playing, laughing and enjoying the afternoon. The night/twilight was approaching and it was getting darker and cooler.

        C)explain his thoughts of victory as he waits in the shed.

  1. He felt with self-congratulatory and proud of himself. He he was a true winner,breaker of records, a champion.
  1. How does Ravi feel as twilight approaches?
  1. He felt as it was time to go and  touch the ‘den’.  He felt that something was going wrong outside the shed.
  2.      B) explain his feelings of misery as he finally runs out of the shed?
  3. He was feeling very disappointed, with rage and pity because his friends had forgotten him and started playing another game without him, and though he was a crying little baby , very childish. He felt insignificant, abandoned, ignored.
  4.       C) how do the others react towards when him he reappears?
  5. The others react as if Ravi was a crying baby and a childish boy who felt important. They didn’t care about him. They thought he was a fool.
  6.        D) what sort of game are they playing and how does this affect Ravi?
  7. They were chanting and clapping. This affected Ravi because he had been forgotten and none of them cared about him

         A)explain “ terrible sense of his insignificance’ which Ravi feels at the end of the story. What lesson has he learned about life?

  1. He learned that he had to grow and it was a painful progress. Maturing is hard. He also learnt that he had to grow and he couldn’t avoid it, it was part of the cicle of life. He lost his innocence, now he was no real.

          B)how does the ending of the story represent a complete reversal for Ravi and his hopes?

  1. In the way that he thought that he was a winner and that the grown up’s would respect him and think he was going to be part of the grown ups group, he was going to be cool. But at the ending he wasn’t nor a winner or a cool boy. The grown ups thought he was a fool and childish boy.


Games at Twilight by Anita Desai

  1. Check information abaut the writer (7 important facts)
  2. Look up what “twilight” symbolyzes (use a dictionary of symbols)
  3. Read the first page of the story (page 304, Stories of Ourselves)
  • Find words/phrases in common to oppresion and death.
  • Describe the weather, how do people feel
  • Look up new words in the dictionry.


-She was born in June 24th,  in 1937. In India.

-When she wrote she used many adjectives, something great because this makes stories being more details.

-She had a great education, she was smart because, however she passed through difficult moments, she could enfoque in her education and entered to a good university and she could graduate with awesome marks and with honors.

-She wrote in many famous medias, including  New York Times, Book Review, London Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Quest.

-Her first novels did not have a great impression in people. Her later work influenced people´s life.

-She wrote adult´s novels as well as kids books.

– However she got married and she had four children, she continue writing and enjoying her proffesion while she saw her kids growing.


It symbolizes the union of two opposites objects that for one moment they are together.

3) -Confinement: Something small, you feel locked in place with not much fresh air.

Their faces were red and bloated: When you feel hot, as if your head is going to explote.

Feel that their lungs were stuffed with cotton wool and
teir noses with dust: When you feel that you are hot and with everything closed, you are hot.

– It was a sunny and hot day in which perople feel bad and tired. As in the story said people feel bloated, there was not much fresh air, it was a bad idea to go outside because it was much hotest as in the inside.

-strained: to force, tense.

shuttered: close

stifled: to be unable to to breathe because you have no air.

stuffed; filled

choke: To stop breathing




Passion- By Kathleen Raine

In class we analyzed the poem “Passion” stanza by stanza.

To record what we did we made a slideshare.

Here it is what we did!

The main themes of the story are: Love, Nature and Passion.

I chose love because the poem deals with the theme of love in this poem. It is a woman who suffered because of a man who abandoned her. In the first stanza its remark the speaker´s emotional state and compares the peace outside of her and the chaos inside her. At the end of the poem the woman realized that her real love was nature. Love is very present in this poem.

I chose nature because the poem is mainly based in nature. The voice felt awesome when it was in contact with it; at the end of the poem she said that her true love was nature. This is explicit in stanza 4 when the voice express “The sky said to my soul, ´You have what you desire´” this means that nature, the sky, told the voice that she already have what she wanted, and it was better than her old love, referring to nature. Nature had a very important roll in this poem. In addition personification is gave to elements of nature, that is why it is one of the main themes of the poem.

Finally I chose passion because it is also very present in the poem. She had passion for love in general.  First she felt strong feelings, passion, for his old beloved, then we she realized that the most important thing she had was nature, she continue feeling that passion for it.



Passion-Kathleen Raine

As a class work we had to made some activities related to the poem we started reading!

Here is what I did:


1-Look for information about the writer (three important things that happened in her life that may have influenced her writing), what was the writer concerned with or worried about?


  • The fact that she had lived during WW1 and WW2 may have affect her and her writing.
  • The fact that she often read the Bible and was connected with God and the Church.
  • The fact that she was inspired by William Blake.
  • The fact that she got divorced from her first husband and that her second one was homosexual and died of cancer.
  • The fact of her pet´s death, Mijbil,  the one with she was font of.

2- Check the meaning of Passion.

Passion: A powerful or compelling emotion or feelings.

Synonyms: affection, desire, devotion, spirit, intensity, etc

3- Read the poem and check the meaning of new words.

  • Forsook means to abandon.
  • Dwellers means inhabitant


The Clod and the Pebble-Romanticism


As Literature homework we have to find the romantic characteristics that “The Clod and the Pebble” have.

Nature: This poem is based on nature, first of all because the author personified the Clod and the Pebble, two elements of nature, giving these object the power of expressing their feelings and thoughts.

Imagination: This poem is full of imagination because William Blake explains the two different points of view about love, the good and the bad, using two elements, a Clod and a pebble. To make this he changed their literal meanings of these two objects into a symbolic meaning.

Emotion:  This poem shows emotion through words, it shows the two views about love using their feelings and a lot of passion. The author used hyperboles, metaphors, rhymes, etc to help to express these emotions in a poetic way.

Passion: As I said, the poem have passion, basically, showing the way the Clod feel about love, ” Love seeketh not itself to please”, “And builds a Heaven in Hell´s despair”, the Clod thinks that love is positive, it express passion through this phrases.

Symbolism: In this poem the protagonists are related to symbolism. The Clod is something mouldable, it is not hard. A pebble is something hard, it not change its shape. In the poem the author took these two natural elements and changed their literal meaning into a symbolic meaning.