Americana: and Other Poems

Americana and Other Poems John Updike s first collection of verse since his Collected Poems brings together fifty eight poems three of them of considerable length The four sections take up in order America its ci

  • Title: Americana: and Other Poems
  • Author: John Updike
  • ISBN: 9780375412547
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • John Updike s first collection of verse since his Collected Poems, 1953 1993 brings together fifty eight poems, three of them of considerable length The four sections take up, in order America, its cities and airplanes the poet s life, his childhood, birthdays, and ailments foreign travel, to Europe and the tropics and, beginning with the long Song of Myself, dailyJohn Updike s first collection of verse since his Collected Poems, 1953 1993 brings together fifty eight poems, three of them of considerable length The four sections take up, in order America, its cities and airplanes the poet s life, his childhood, birthdays, and ailments foreign travel, to Europe and the tropics and, beginning with the long Song of Myself, daily life, its furniture and consolations There is little of the light verse with which Mr Updike began his writing career nearly fifty years ago, but a light touch can be felt in his nimble manipulation of the ghosts of metric order, in his caressing of the living textures of things, and in his reluctance to wave goodbye to it all.

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    1. Best poems in the collection:Atlanta-Dallas/Fort Worth, 11:10 P.M.Bad Night in New York StateNear Clifton, Perhaps Before the MirrorA Wound Posthumously Inflicted Marine Hotel, North Berwick, Scotland, May 1998Venetian Candy Saying Goodbye to Very Young ChildrenA Sound Heard Early on the Morning of Christ's Nativity

    2. I'm really not a big fan of poetry, I always find it's hit-and-miss with my tastes and with this one; I felt it was a good balance of those I just clicked with and those I didn't. The book is divided up in to four sections and they relate around, in order: America, its cities and aeroplanes; the poet's life, his childhood, birthdays, and ailments; foreign travel, to Europe and the tropics; and, beginning with the long Song of Myself, daily life, its furniture and consolations. It's a really full [...]

    3. On the back of this book, Jay Parnini says "His poems reveal a fine intellect, as one might expect; they are genial, sophisticated "I think Jay Parnini was more or less right, but this is exactly why I got very little out of these poems. Intellectual and clever, lots of five-dollar words, but for the most part very little heart and very little that I could latch onto. I could objectively appreciate the skill that went into crafting the poems; subjectively, they left me cold.

    4. No one can claim that John Updike doesn't know his way around words. This collection of his poetry is a skillful and wondrous reflection of America, traveling, growing up and growing older. My favorites: "Island Cities", "Religious Consolation", and "Saying Good-bye to Young Children".

    5. Sat down to read a couple of poems to see what I thought. Next thing I knew, I was finished with the book. Loved. It. Somehow, unlike with most poetry collections, I found I could relate to almost every single one.

    6. Not one of my top poetry picks. I liked the style, flow and imagery, but not the content of the poems.

    7. This is collection of American poems. These poems are written well by Updike. They are modern type poems. There were no illustrations.

    8. loaded with Bourgeois-ish WASP-ish superficiality and contempt for people not named John Updike.

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