Distinctive Voices

Topics: Psychology, Comedy, Thought Pages: 3 (985 words) Published: October 13, 2012
Compare the ways distinctive voices are created in Burn's poetry and in ONE other related text of your own choosing.

Joanne Burns uses satirical free-verse such as 'public places' and 'echo' to expose and criticise society's ways of thinking. Burns creates a distinctive voice in her poems by examining the themes of psychology, obsession and paranoia through the use of various techniques such as humour and irony. Similarly, Danny Katz's article "Christmas: a time for peace, love and corpses decaying in the living room" creates a distinctive voice through the use of black humour to criticise society's beloved tradition of cutting down trees for Christmas.

Burns discusses in depth the flaw of psychology but exploring society's in medical experts and specialists in 'public places'. 'public places' is about a person who sustains a neck injury after constantly turning around. "the specialist says... i don't like the tablets he's given me... they make me feel quite peculiar." The irony that medicine given to a patient could cause discomfort emphasises the flaw of medicine. "of course i do as he says" This demonstrates and criticises society's trust in medicine despite its obvious flaws. "it may sound crazy but i've read books about this sort of thing... the experts call them thought forms." Again, the composer criticises society's trust in medical experts and through the use of assonance, exposes society's need to label. Similarly, Burns uses her poem 'echo', which conveys the stories of several different personas all searching for 'nirvana', to further examine the idea of society's misguided trust in medicine. "...on the authority of my guru... i am assured that... i will feel magnificent... i am to listen to both sides of the tape 73 times... every time i cough or sneeze i must start again." Through the use of a hyperbole of '73 times' the composer illustrates the absurdity of medicine and ridicules society trust in medical professionals. Both 'public places'...
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