LITERATURE: Rabbit, Run – Elements of Prose and Poetry

At the side of her neck where it shades into her shoulder there is a shallow white hollow where his attention curls and rests.  (p. 69)

Alliteration: shades into her shoulder and shallow white hollow. Beautiful, soft, smooth.

Personification: where his attention curls and rests.  As if it were a tired toddler settling comfortably into his bed.

Some wonderful stuff here from Updike; a writer’s writer.  He sneaks these in among metaphors and similes that appear so naturally and yet I’m sure have been if not thought out and planned, a language that has become a part of the way Updike thinks.

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