• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Focusing upon both 'structure' and 'function' produce a critical analysis of Craig Raine's poem 'A Martian Sends A Postcard Home'

Extracts from this document...


BEN MURRAY ENL 061 " Focusing upon both 'structure' and 'function' produce a critical analysis of Craig Raine's poem 'A Martian Sends A Postcard Home'" Perhaps the most important feature of Craig Raine's 1979 poem 'A Martian Sends A Postcard Home' is that is uses an alien voice as its persona, when writing a poet may use their own voice, someone else's voice or indeed have a multi-voiced persona as a tool of reaching, challenging and pleasing their audience. It is a very useful tool as this poet shows. Raine's piece is directed by a keenly observant, intelligent (if not always intelligible), disengaged tone. Using this foreign voice Raine can intrigue the reader by making conventional objects seem unusual. One example would be: 'Mist is when the sky is tired of flight and rests its soft machine on ground' From ...read more.


Raine alienates his audience by confusing them. The issue of defamiliarisation was a keystone in Russian formalist thinking. Due to our own lives being made up of repetition and countless encounters with the world, the way that we view things become automated into a single diatribe of less than conscious stumblings. If you like, we become over familiar with the world and our own existence that we do not appreciate individual experiences any more, we mould everything into a continuous blur of shapes and shades and limit our own understanding of events and repercussions. The function that Raine's audience defamiliarisation provides is that instead of the habitual way of viewing the world that normally happens the reader has to realise that the things they have taken for face value are no longer normal and thus have become abnormal, creating the platform for alienation. ...read more.


We take Raine/the Martian's figurative speech and begin to create word puzzles and pictures to develop a level of understanding that enables us to continue reading. The unnerving quality of the language therefore becomes the poems and success by encouraging the audience to appreciate what they are reading/developing. As 'A Martian...' is an observational poem you can see the poet at work, even though Raine is using an alien voice we are still reading thoughts and reflections that he has seen worthy to document, so we must take into consideration that although some of the meaning isn't directly clear we are reading work that is created by a very human inner source. It's this that can lead us to argue the origins of the voice that is 'narrating' it is feasible Raine put Martian in the title just to refer to the alienating content of the work and its actually a human voice referring to objects in his life. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Blake section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Blake essays

  1. "Blake's Poetry is multivocal, allusive and intertextual rather than directly expressive; philosophic rather than ...

    Thus leaving the reader thinking how it can possibly be that a divine creator can create two such opposite creatures in this world. Turning back to the social context of the time when the two poems were written it is possible then to read two contrasting lines, one from each poem, as direct metaphors for society itself.

  2. "Mental things are alone real." Is Blake's visionary world divorced from the political ...

    Whether this was an entirely new way of thinking for Blake is debatable, as he had represented historical revolution as occurring concurrently with radical change in the mind of the individual even in his earliest works. However, Blake's first attempt to create a myth representing the past, present and future

  1. She Walks In Beauty - Analysis.

    This poem can be defined as a lyric poem because of its many characteristics. There are many lyric forms expressed in it - this type of poetry is usually short, and expresses the intense feelings and thoughts of the poet, as clearly shown throughout this poem.

  2. How does William Blake use his work to show his disapproval of the society ...

    Blake makes a link between marriage and death in the line 'And blights with plagues the marriage hearse.' Blake is again showing his disapproval of marriage by implying marriage is like death, once you are married you are no longer free and may as well be dead.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work