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Ex-Basketball Player

The term literary device is very broad. It refers to technical features of a literary work. A specific device may be any technique that the author employs to carry out their intended purpose. Most...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020 6:21 am UTC

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John Updike's poem “Ex-Basketball Player” is about a guy named Flick Webb who was, at one time, a high school basketball star. Updike uses a form of figurative language called symbolism to create...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 1:10 am UTC

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The theme of the poem is the idea that one must move on, not simply cling to one important memory in one's life. In the poem, the main character was a high school basketball star. He obviously...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2008 10:24 am UTC

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John Updike's poem “Ex-Basketball Player” is about a man named Flick Webb. Flick was a high school basketball star who now works at a gas station. Updike's purpose is to show how fleeting fame can...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 12:32 am UTC

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I think that one tone that can't be ignored is the reminiscent tone. The speaker is somebody that lives in the poem's town, and is somebody that used to watch Flick Webb play high school...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 11:44 am UTC

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This quotation describes Flick, the former high-school basketball player, working as an attendant at a gas station. Updike personifies the "idiot" gas pumps to suggest how they appear to Flick....

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019 9:11 pm UTC

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"Ex-Basketball Player" is an accessible poem for many readers. It is written in simple language and clearly describes a setting and a person. The first stanza of the poem is a setting description....

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018 1:19 pm UTC

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In John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player," Pearl Avenue is described as a very short street that is cut off prematurely before reaching the garage. The speaker writes, Pearl Avenue runs past the...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 8:19 pm UTC

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In "Ex- Basketball Player," Flick's name represents an example of onomatopoeia in a couple of ways. One way in which the main character's name has an onomatopoetic quality to it is in relation to...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2015 1:25 pm UTC

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The title of John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player" defines both the subject of the poem as well as the poem's form. For, all that Flick Webb is exists only in the past, and it is these images that...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2013 7:59 pm UTC

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That particular line comes from stanza three of the poem. It is the stanza that describes how amazing Flick Webb was at playing basketball when he was in high school. We are given some really...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018 7:08 pm UTC

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"Ex-Basketball Player" is a great poem that is full of wonderful uses of personification; however, a great many of the "objects" in the poem are not personified. Personification is a figure of...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020 12:50 pm UTC

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In John Updike’s poem “Ex-Basketball Player,” Flick’s hands are fine and nervous on a lug wrench. A lug wrench is a tool commonly used by people who work on cars. Flick works at a gas station...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2020 4:01 pm UTC

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There is no way to know for sure who the speaker of "Ex-Basketball Player" is. The narrator never explains who he or she is. All that the reader knows for sure is that the speaker of the poem was...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 11:54 am UTC

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Updike's poem uses the first stanza as a type of exposition to help the reader gradually obtain the feel of the story being told. The symbol of the road that runs "past the high school lot" allows...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2009 12:07 pm UTC

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John Updike's “Ex-Basketball Player” is a poem about a former high school basketball player named Flick Webb who becomes a gas station attendant after high school. The poem expresses a melancholy...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2015 6:12 pm UTC

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In poetry, the attitude that is felt in the verse is much like the tone. Tone is often derived from direct statements, but it frequently resides in three other areas of a poem: The manner of...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2017 9:01 pm UTC

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Flick's character is brought out in a variety of contexts in the poem. The contrast of images is something that allows his characterization of be fleshed out into detail. On one hand, the image...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011 2:17 pm UTC

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To come up with a thesis, you need to understand what the poem is about and figure out how you feel about it. Generally, you should identify some key themes in the poem, what Updike's tone is...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018 12:43 pm UTC

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I have always really liked this poem, and I'm glad that your question asks about the use of its details. This poem's details are the reason that I like the poem so much. I don't typically like...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 2:45 pm UTC

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The poem is set on Pearl Avenue, which "bends with the trolley tracks." The reader can imagine that Berth's Garage, where Flick Webb works, is very loud, as the trolley is constantly passing by it....

Latest answer posted June 21, 2016 1:22 pm UTC

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Once the star of the local high school basketball team, Flick, in John Updike's poem "Ex-Basketball Player" fulfills the metaphoric meaning of his name and is stellar only for a brief "flick" of...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2009 2:58 am UTC

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For Flick himself, the glory days of basketball have passed. Once, he was the best the county had ever seen, scoring three hundred ninety points in a single season. Today, he is an employee at a...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020 3:13 am UTC

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Flick's name suggests the renowned high school ex-basketball player's expertise at scoring. This name also creates the image of the basketball player's speed and wrist movement--a movement Updike...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015 10:47 pm UTC

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Almost every school has a sports hero, someone who is natural at the game. Like the glittering stars whose brilliance fades overnight, some of these bright heroes seem to dim after graduation....

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010 7:06 am UTC

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The narrator of "Ex-Basketball Player" leaves out plenty of information. That is not surprising considering it is a poem, and it is a short poem at that. The poem focuses on Flick Webb, and the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 10:44 pm UTC

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Though it's never explicitly stated in the poem, Flick's nickname is undoubtedly related to his skills on the basketball court. If you think of a basketball player, you'll soon realize how many...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019 11:07 am UTC

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Updike's 1954 poem "Ex-Basketball Player" and his 1961 short story "A&P" both feature young protagonists trapped in dead-end jobs. Flick, the ex-basketball star, is employed in a gas station...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 1:07 pm UTC

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The poet Dylan Thomas wrote, A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him. While John Updike is...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2015 6:59 pm UTC

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John Updike, the author, was in his early 20's when he wrote this poem. He had been a basketball player himself and several of his later characters are also high school basketball stars. This seems...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2008 3:02 am UTC

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A poem of gentle satire, John Updike's "Ex-Basketball Player" is a narrative about the former hero of a small town who is now a tragic figure lost in a mundane routine life. With the use of iambic...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2011 2:45 am UTC

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