Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 8 years ago

which of john updike's pomes is the best?

in your guys opinion which of johns updikes pomes is the best?

can you the give me a little literature analysis about it please

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  • RE
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    That's "poem." I think this one is simple enough that you can analyze it yourself.

    Perfection Wasted by John Updike

    And another regrettable thing about death

    is the ceasing of your own brand of magic,

    which took a whole life to develop and market —

    the quips, the witticisms, the slant

    adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest

    the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched

    in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears,

    their tears confused with their diamond earrings,

    their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat,

    their response and your performance twinned.

    The jokes over the phone. The memories packed

    in the rapid-access file. The whole act.

    Who will do it again? That's it: no one;

    imitators and descendants aren't the same.

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