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19_Sung, Kamryn: Poetry Project
Transcript of 19_Sung, Kamryn: Poetry Project
Date: March 18, 1932.
Place: Reading, Pennsylvania on
- Wesley Russel Updike
a high school math teacher and coach
- Linda Grace Hoyer
bookish farm girl who aspired to be a writer.
encouraged John Updike to write and draw. Death: January 27, 2009, in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts
- lung cancer
- age 76
House: 26 East Street, Ipswich, Massachusetts
Successful 50-year career as a novelist, essayist, and critic It's Spring! Farewell
To chills and colds!
The blushing, girlish
Each flower, leaf,
And blade of turf--
Small love-notes sent
From air to earth.
The sky's a hear
Of prancing sheep,
The birds and fields
And jonquils, tulips,
Bloom bright upon
The wide-eyed hills.
All things renew.
All things begin.
At church, they bring
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Vidani, Peter. "Edible Gardens Point Loma (April by John Updike)." Edible Gardens Point Loma (April by John Updike). Tumblr, n.d. Web. 17 May 2013. <http://ediblegardenspointloma.tumblr.com/post/20596481703/april-by-john-updike>. John Updike poet and novelist The Life of the Poet Birth Career Death and Legacy Aspects of the Poem "April" Analysis Elements of Poetry Pictures and Bibliography "May" Picture Bibliography Bibliography Kamryn Sung John Updike John Updike "Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them."
-John Updike Now children may
Go out of doors,
Without their coats,
To candy stores.
The apple branches
And the pear
May float their blossoms
Through the air,
And Daddy may
Get out his how
To plant tomatoes
In a row,
Look at some baseball
On TV. Education High School: Shillington High School
- excelled in school
- president and co-valedictorian College: Harvard University
majored in English
wrote stories and drew cartoons for the Harvard Lampoon as an undergraduate
graduated from Harvard in 1954
-summa cum laude Early Life Marriage: married Mary E. Pennington in 1953
-separated in 1974 and were divorced in 1976
Married Martha Bernhard in 1977
- remained married until his death in 2009
Children: David, Michael, Miranda, and Elizabeth
1955: spent time in England with his first wife
-studied at Oxford's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.
- met E. B. and Katharine White
After returning from England:
- settled in Manhattan
- staff writer at The New Yorker
- 1957: decided to move his growing family from to Ipswich, Massachusetts 1958: First book of poetry- The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures
- collection of poems
- published by Harper and Brothers in 1958
1960: "Rabbit" book series
- Rabbit, Run (1960)
- Rabbit Redux (1971)
- Rabbit is Rich (1981)
- Rabbit at Rest (1990)
- The Centaur (1963)
- Couples (1968)
- Bech: A Book (1970)
- Hugging the Shore (1983, essays)
- The Witches of Eastwick (1984)
- Collected Poems 1953-1993 (1993)
- Terrorist (2006) won the Pulitzer Prize Awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
1989: National Medal of Art from President George H.W. Bush
2003: National Medal for the Humanities from President George W. Bush
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service
National Book Award for Fiction
Rea Award for the Short Story
Helmerich Award, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
St. Louis Literary Award
New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction
Ambassador Book Award for Fiction
Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Theme Rhythm/Sound Rhyme/Repetition Figurative Language Simile/Metaphor Response Poem for Recitation Poem for Analysis Pictures of the Poet The speaker in this poem:
describes what happens during the month of April
-winter is over
"farewell to chills and colds"
-spring is here
- everything comes into bloom
"And jonquils, tulips, daffodils bloom bright upon the wide-eyed hills."
"the blushing, girlish world unfolds"
everything is new again
-"all things renew"
-"all things begin" The theme of the poem is that spring is
here, and new things start to appear.
Including the blooming of nature, the
singing of birds, the fragrance of the
flowers in the air, which are all signs
of the beginning of spring. Sound:
"The birds and fields abandon sleep"
- the birds are no longer silent, and begin to chirp because spring is here. Rhyme Scheme:
None 5x Personification:
- Line 4: "world unfolds"
- Lines 7-8: "Small love-notes sent from air to earth." Simile:
Line 16: "The wide-eyed hills." I think that this poem is a very mellow and delightful poem for his readers, mainly children. It is meant for the reader to enjoy and feel happy after reading this poem. John Updike http://www.charlesagvent.com/agvent/images/items/014891.jpg