Monday, January 25, 2016

On John Updike and eternity

From The Boston Globe-

John Updike died seven years ago this week. His last poem, “Fine Point,” is a meditation on the 23rd Psalm:

The tongue reposes in papyrus pleas,

saying, Surely —magnificent, that “surely” —

goodness and mercy shall follow me all

the days of my life, my life, forever.

It is a poem that finds solace in the Christian promise — “surely” — that believers will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Updike, an intellectual and an ironist, must have known that “surely,” a translation from the original Hebrew, was a slender reed to hang a faith upon.

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