Summary Of Ex Basketball Player By John Updike

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Throughout the poem, “Ex-Basketball Player”, John Updike emphasizes the importance of preparing for any possible situations in the future. In the first stanza, the author’s use of enjambment symbolizes the beginning of Flick’s basketball career. The fluidity of the lines contrasts with the choppy basketball related terms such as corner, blocks, and cut-off which are used to support Flick’s one track mind. Even in his life after basketball, Flick sees everything through the eyes of the player he became so familiar with. Updike places Flick “tall among the idiot pumps” to emphasize how Flick automatically compares himself as superior toward anything and everything (Updike 7). In addition, the authors specific indication of “five [pumps] on

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