Facing Nature

Facing Nature

by John Updike
     
 

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John Updike’s fifth collection of poetry faces nature on a number of levels.  An opening section of sonnets touches upon death, aging, and, in a sequence of describing a week in Spain, insomnia and dread.  The poems that follow consider nature in the form of seasons, of planting trees and being buried, of shadow and rain, of pain and accumulation, and

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John Updike’s fifth collection of poetry faces nature on a number of levels.  An opening section of sonnets touches upon death, aging, and, in a sequence of describing a week in Spain, insomnia and dread.  The poems that follow consider nature in the form of seasons, of planting trees and being buried, of shadow and rain, of pain and accumulation, and of such human diversions as art and travel.  The last poem here, and the longest in the book, undertakes a walking tour of each of Jupiter’s four major moons, a scientific excursion that leads into the extravagant precisions of the “Seven Odes to Seven Natural Processes,” a lyrical yet literal-minded celebration of some of the earthly forces that uphold and surround us.  Finally, a dozen examples of light verse toy with such natural phenomena as presbyopia, the energy crunch, food, and sex.  Like the best of the metaphysical poets, Mr. Updike embraces the world in all its forms and creates conceits out of the casual as well as the moments.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394543857
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1985
Pages:
110

Meet the Author

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year as a Knox Fellow at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England.  From 1955 to 1957 he was a staff member of The New Yorker, to which he has contributed short stories, poems, and book reviews.  He is the author of eleven novels and fifteen or so other books, including four collections of verse.  Since 1957 he has live in Massachusetts.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 18, 1932
Date of Death:
January 27, 2009
Place of Birth:
Shillington, Pennsylvania
Place of Death:
Beverly Farms, MA
Education:
A.B. in English, Harvard University, 1954; also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England

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