Other literary forms
Aside from her poetry, Patricia Beer published two books of criticism, An Introduction to the Metaphysical Poets (1972) and Reader, I Married Him (1974), the latter being a study of the female characters in the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot. She also published a book of fiction, Moon’s Ottery (1978), and a nonfictional account of her childhood, Mrs. Beer’s House (1968). The latter provides insights into the poet’s development and serves as a gloss for much of her poetry, particularly that which is rooted in her childhood experiences. Although her publications reveal a variety of interests and a willingness to work in various literary forms, Beer’s most significant writing and the principal focus of her energies was her poetry.