Analysis Of Digging By Seamus Heaney

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“Digging” by Seamus Heaney and “Martian Sends a Postcard Home” by Craig Raine

“Digging” by Seamus Heaney” was published in 1966 and is one of his first poems. It is permeated with a sense of the natural world and family tradition. The short poem is full of rhyme and sound effects. They are typical features of the Seamus Heaney poetry. “Digging” shows how people can be rooted in a family, tied to traditions and to a place where they come from.

The poem begins with the speaker sitting at his desk and holding a pen in his hand:

Craig Raine had an impressive influence on the calm world of British poetry of the second part of XX century. He made the stylistic revolution of visual comparisons, wordplay and puns. As a representative of so-called “the Martian School” Raine taught his reader to become an alien in our familiar world in order to free the abilities of perception and let it grow in the field of experience. Raine could easily familiarize the familiar, his gentle irony became his trademark and well-known examples are dismantled for quotes.

In Craig Raine’s “Martian Sends a Postcard Home” (1979) the prototype alien describes our planet with playful disorientation. In the poem the author describes a few earthly things from the point of view of a Martian: a book, a mist, a TV-set, a watch, a telephone, a bathroom, and a dream. Raine uses a very unique technique to show all the ordinary things, he shares the objects apart and compares them with something similar.

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