|Wish You Were Here
A poet is that which the Greeks called a maker: his Art
an art of imitation, of faining: expressing the life of man in
fit measure, numbers, and harmony, according to Aristotle…
A poet…writes things like the Truth.1.
The metaphorical marvel that is Craig Raine’s ‘A Martian Sends a Postcard Home’ specific purpose is to compel us through the virginal eyes of another, to look at everyday, inanimate objects in a new perspective. Raine attempts this by disguising the dramatic monologue as a postcard. In this simile he can entrust the recipient to decipher the figurative fragments of verse. The poem is: “…addressed from one individual [a martian] to another in a way that [implies it] would be read in private by a single reader”.2. Thus, the poet’s own personal and obscure view can be expressed. Raine chooses an alien as an ‘intelligent eye’ to ponder and ridicule human qualities of impatience, frailty, proneness to haste, prosperity and we...