Project Work: Poem

In the language class we have learnt how to write a description of a place and we have been writing several of them. We wrote the last description in pairs, and I worked with Trinidad Ines Porretti. We had to choose a picture of a touristic place of our city/neighbourhood and describe it. Then our literature teacher asked us to write a poem about the place we had picked for our description, which in our case was the Recoleta Cemetery. I wrote the poem with Trinidad Porretti and Juana Zufriategui. Here I leave the description and the poem:

       Located in the prestigious neighborhood of Recoleta, Buenos Aires lies the widely known Recoleta Cemetery. This cemetery is often characterized as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

       This eerie charming cemetery contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentinian government. The entrance to the cemetery is through neoclassical gates with huge columns. The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic. The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums.

            Nowadays, these mausoleums are still being used by rich families in Argentina that have their own vaults and keep their deceased there. While many of the mausoleums are in fine shape and well-maintained, others have fallen into disrepair. Several can be found with broken glass and littered with rubbish. This contributes to the gloomy and phantasmagorical aura of this site. It’s antique architecture is beautiful, which is one of the reasons why the cemetery attracts so many visitors. Moreover, there is more to this place than it’s architecture. Beyond it’s walls there’s a big historical background with a huge significance.

       To conclude, the Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most important attractions offered in the city of Buenos Aires. Not only is it’s architecture fascinating, but also it’s history is tremendously appealing. If you visit Buenos Aires, you must visit the cemetery. I can assure you won’t regret it.            


Essay of Passion. By Maria Roggero, Miu Montanelli and Belen Brito Peret

Essay question: Explore how the writer of “Passion” uses nature to express how she feels about love.

Kathleen Raine is showing different devices of romanticism. Nature is present in the poem. However, nature in this poem, means that life is full of ups and downs or storms and sunshines and also it gives her all the love and passion that she needs.

In stanza 4, the voice is starting to hear the voice of nature reaching out to her. We know this because it says “then the sky spoke to me in language clear, familiar as the heart, than love more near.” This quote shows the voice listening to nature. The phrase “a familiar voice” refers to God, this is because the familiar voice was coming from the sky and this is associated with God. He was  trying to tell her that she can not be sad all her life because of a guy. She has to go on with life no matter if you are heart broken or not. However, he also said that she already has what she needs and she is better off without her love.

In stanza 3, the voice isn’t able to express her feelings either by writing or speaking. She has lost her inspiration to do so because she is waiting for the person that she likes to call her, and since that isn’t happening she is sad. “The language I knew best, my human speech. Forsook my fingers, and out of reach”. The word “forsook” means to quit or abandon. It is put in this line to show how the motivation the voice had to write and show how she was feeling had left her body. With this the writer is trying to demonstrate how sadness can leave you speechless and not let you live a life with a meaning.

In conclusion, Kathleen Raine wanted to show that you shouldn’t be depressed if someone doesn’t like you back. To give this message to the girl in the poem, she uses nature to prove that she doesn’t need him.