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Book Title: A Martian Sends a Postcard Home|
The author of the book: Craig Raine
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.14 MB
Edition: Oxford University Press
Date of issue: 1985
ISBN 13: 9780192118967
Read full description of the books A Martian Sends a Postcard Home:The title poem (which won the Prudence Farmer Award) is in some ways a key to the rest of the poems in this book: a uniquely innocent eye presents an odd and beautiful version of the earth, while glimpsing, almost accidentally, the sad variety of human experience. Similarly, 'Down on the Funny Farm' offers a guileless comic vision that is finally displaced by a sombre view of commonplace human tragedy, seen obliquely in a new-laid egg and a battered kitchen bowl. In 'Oberfeldwebel Beckstadt', it is only when the sergeant major's experience is refracted through his wife's innocent eye that he truly realises the damning significance of what he has done. She brings it home to him. The word 'home' sounds through the poem, and throughout the collection, which demonstrates Craig Raine's uncanny ability to present the homely in a dazzling light and to domesticate the extraordinary.
Read information about the authorCraig Anthony Raine, FRSL is an English poet born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Along with Christopher Reid, he is the best-known exponent of Martian poetry.
He taught at Oxford and followed a literary career as book editor for New Review, editor of Quarto, and poetry editor at the New Statesman. He became poetry editor at publishers Faber and Faber in 1981, and has been a fellow of New College, Oxford, since 1991, retiring from his post as tutor in June 2010.
His works include a number of poetry collections: The Onion, Memory (1978), A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (1979), A Free Translation (1981), Rich (1984), History: The Home Movie (1994), and Clay. Whereabouts Unknown (1996). His reviews and essays are collected in two anthologies: Haydn and the Valve Trumpet (1990) and In Defence of T. S. Eliot (2000). A short critical-biographical study of Eliot, T. S. Eliot: Image, Text and Context, was published in 2007.
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