In The Boldly Eclectic Title Poem Of His Collection, John Updike Employs The Meters Of Dante, Spenser, Pope, Whitman, And Pound, As Well As The Pictographic Tactics Of Concrete Poetry, To Take An Inventory Of His Life At The End Of His Thirty Fifth Year At Midpoint These Cantos Form Both A Joke On The Antique Genre Of The Long Poem And An Attempt To Write One An Earnest Meditation On The Mysteries Of The Ego, Lost Time, And The Mundane The Remainder Of The Volume Is A Six Years Harvest Of Light Verse And Incidental Lyrics Poems Dealing With Love And Death, Animals And Angels, Places And Persons, Dream Artifacts And The Naked Ape As A Writer Of Humorous Verse Mr Updike Is Alone In His Generation To Serious Poetry He Brings The Vision And Warmth Characteristic Of His Prose. Updike can really write seductive poetry I can t recall the last time if ever I ve gotten turned on reading poetry I don t know a lot about poetry but these prose seemed at once very different from a writer who I consider of the 50 s genre I ve read Rabbit, Run, Rabbit, Redux Rabbit, Rich and I really enjoyed them I m struggling with his compilation of short stories But this poems are clever and entertaining Midpoint, the op
I m not sold on this book I wanted to like it, and some of the poems were just wonderful I really liked part I of Midpoint , Fireworks , and The Average Egyptian Faces Death , but most of it just did not do it for me I thought the sex imagery was mostly unnecessary and overdone, somehow at once explicit and not in the least bit romantic or erotic, nor did it gene
Underrated, to say the least The verse of Updike is not for everyone Indeed, I know many who, loving Updike s fictions and non fictions with unmatched intimacy, turn an uneasy and untrusting eye towards his poetry Give Midpoint a chance John invokes Dante, Keats, and Ogden Nash in this one. Way interesting.
- 99 pages
- Midpoint and Other Poems
- John Updike
- 06 July 2019 John Updike