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A Martian Sends A Postcard Home

Craig Raine

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Copyright permission
2002-06-06
Added by: Purba Gupta
I want to publish an extract from the poem 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home' by Craig Raine, in an English Textbook for Indian schools. Please let me know the name of the copyright holder of this poem
what i think this means
2003-05-21
Added by: alyssa
I think that caxtons are books and the wings are the pages, the markings are the words on it. They cn make you cry (cause they eyes to melt) or make you scared, anxious (to shriek without pain) A model T is a car, Time tied to the wrist represents a watch. "that snores when you pick it up"..this is a cat purring. "ghost cries..." a baby. "only the youmg are allowed to suffer openly. Adults go to a punishment room with water but nothing to eat. They lock the door and suffer the noises alone" i think this means that it's only usual for young people to cry in front of ppl. When they talk about the room, i think of a bathroom. "no one is exempt and everyone's pain has a different smell" no one can run away from pain and everyone suffers a different kind of pain. then it talks about how the sun goes down and the married couples go into their rooms. "and read about themselves in colour with their eyelids shut"...they dream.
a martian by c.raine
2004-03-23
Added by: oli
the caxton reference makes good sense and one that I missed - well done alyssa. however, the haunted apparatus is a telephone, and the punishment room is the john.
caxtons
2005-02-05
Added by: Nick
Caxtons, I.e, books, which William Caxton (1422-1491) was the first to print in English. In the next couplet the Martian observes the effects of books on their readers, but does not know the words for "cry" or "laugh."

This is one of my all-time favorite poems, right up there with "Kill a Rabbit" by Jodi Azzouni, and "The Art of Drowning" by Billy Collins. Just really killer stuff. Craig Raine's work has a habit of defamiliarizing the commonplace and infusing his verse with inventive metaphors. This has led some people to refer to Raine and followers of his style "The Martian School," a phrase coined by the poet James Fenton--an obvious reference to this particular poem.

Okay then. Peace.
2005-04-28
Added by: Krystle
This meaning of this peom is the difference in peoples perceptions. The martian sees one things and yet if you couldn't comprehend you would think he meant something else.
2005-09-19
Added by: Sophie
Caxtons are books and the wings are the pages, the markings are the words on it. < Agreed.

A model T is a car, < agreed

Time tied to the wrist represents a watch. < yep.

that snores when you pick it up..ghost cries...>> It's just talking about going to the bathroom. :P

and read about themselves in colour with their eyelids shut
that snores when you pick it up
2005-10-17
Added by: feji
Isn't it a phone "If the ghost cries, they carrie it to there lips and soothe it to sleep.
corrections
2006-01-07
Added by: Casey
actually, the following stanzas:

In homes, a haunted apparatus sleeps,
that snores when you pick it up.

If the ghost cries, they carry it
to their lips and soothe it to sleep

with sounds. And yet they wake it up
deliberately, by tickling with a finger.


are refering to a telephone.it snores when you pick it up? someone speaking on the other end. When the ghost cries (when the telephone rings) the bring it to their lips to sooth it (they begin speaking to the person on the other line and the ringing stops). And yet they wake it up deliberately, by tickling with a finger? They pick it up and dial a number deliberately "waking it up".
also,
2006-01-07
Added by: Casey
the following stanzas are describing one thing:

Only the young are allowed to suffer
openly. Adults go to a punishment room

with water but nothing to eat.
They lock the door and suffer the noises

alone. No one is exempt
and everyone's pain has a different smell.

and exuse me for being graphic but they are describing someone going to the bathroom. Only the young are allowed to "suffer" openly? Training potty chairs. Adults go to a punishment room with water but nothing to eat? Adults lock themselves in the bathroom, with the toilet (water) but nothing to eat. No one is exempt (everyone must use the bathroom) and everyone's pain has a different smell (this is pretty self-explainitory.
2006-03-03
Added by: lerine
i learnt this poem for my english lesson and everone was laughing coz this is a funny poem.lol

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