Poems: “Song”, “Heart and Mind”, “She was a phantom of delight” and “The Lost Woman”

We had the chance to present and explain poems in our Literature class. The poems we learnt, «songs» and «heart and mind» are both very difficult to understand, but I think that they are awesome.

This poems are good to analyze because they can have different points of view and perspectives, so I think that they are good to discuss and share.  Here are the analysis.

I liked this poem because it shows a different time when women were treated in a different way. The poem explains some advices for women’s, telling them how to treat their husbands. I was paralyzed when we analyzed it because it is strange how things changed.

Heart and mind

This was a poem that I enjoyed a lot. It is perfectly written, I like how the author expresses the abilities and the power of the heart and the mind, how they work in somebody, using nice metaphors and interesting voices.

This poem was my favorite, I like how he values and respects the woman, how he describes his unbelievable perfection, how he contrasts the delight with something that doesn’t exists, a phantom. I think that it was the easiest to understand and also the best.

This poem is very interesting and catchy. It is very sad to listen the story of a little girl who´s mother died and she can´t live without her. I think that it is very nice the way she describes her mother´s created life. The end is very shocking and interesting and unexpected. I really enjoyed it.


Of white hairs and cricket

  1. The narrator «put down the tweezers and reached for the cosmics». Explain what the Narrator is doing? (Rite of passage).
  2. «All my friends have father whose hair is greying».
  • What is the N beginning to understand?

That his father is growing old

  • What is it that his father does not accept?

The passing of time

  • What is it that the N does not quite understand?

3) Who’s Viraf? What is going on at his house?

1) He didn’t want to pull his daddy’s hairs any longer, he was trying to be independent and rebellious because he was not a little kid anymore, he had grown up.

1)  Rite of passage: steps

    Object of desire

    Dare (challenge) rebel

    Defy the authority/ the las of the father.


    Accepting / recognizing

2) He is beginning to understand the passing of time, his father was not the only one q.    growing up, his friends and him were also. His father didn’t want to accept that, he wanted to avoid adding years, he didn’t want to be an old man. doesn’t understand The narrator doesn’t want to accept that his father is going to die.

3) Viraf was the narrator´s best  the friend. His father was ill.


“Of White hairs and Cricket”

With our teacher Pato, we  analysed background of the story , “Of White hairs and Cricket”.



  •  People from India must deal with political, economic and emotional effects the British brought and left behind.
  • Language of the Coloniser(oppressor)
  • Identity search
  • Writers write back to the Empire.

Diaspora (scattering):

  • Dispersion of people from their homeland.

Kathleen Raine

Our teacher Pato Chujman tld us to look up information about the writer of the poem “Passion” by Katlhleen Raine.

  • Born 14 June 1908 – 6 July 2003
  • Kathleen Raine was born at Ilford, Essex (now part of London)
  • British poet, critic, and scholar writing. A visionary poet whose work probed the intersection of science and mysticism, Raine bridged elements of Jungian psychology and neo-Platonism in her work
  • Interested in various forms of spirituality, most prominently Platonism and Neoplatonism, she was a founder member of the Temenos Academy.
  • Raine received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Literature, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the Chapelbrook Award, the Cholmondeley Award, and the Smith Literary Award and a Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
  • Poetry was deeply ingrained in the daily lives of her maternal ancestors. From her father she gained a love of etymology and the literary aspect of poetry. She wrote that for her poetry was “not something invented but given…Brought up as I was in a household where poets were so regarded it naturally became my ambition to be a poet”
  • Her first book of poetry, Stone And Flower (1943). Living in Time (1946). The Pythoness in 1949. Her classics include Who Are We?,  the two-volume Blake and Tradition.