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Poetry Analysis

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Klarissa Stevenson

on 30 May 2014

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Analysis
Rita Dove's and Chris Rice's message explains how love is simple. However, Rita Dove reaches out to her audience by describing what the heart literally is and that it is not connected to the emotions love makes one feel. Chris Rice claims that the heart is beating for love and that the heart is spiritually connected with love.
Rita Dove uses the literary devices of enjambment and stop while Chris Rice's song is in a more lyrical format with complete thoughts. They both use imagery and metaphors, however, they hold the heart as a different symbol. Dove explains that the heart is an actual organ unaffected by love, but Rice explains how the heart represents love.
What a Heart Is Beating For
Leave it alone, don't analyze
'Cause love can be your lullaby
But love can be your hurricane too
And love can take your breath away
But love can leave you lonely and blue
Oh, what's a heart to do?
Oh, what's a heart to do?

Why be afraid, no reason to hide
Take the chance, put it all on the line
Draw in a deep breath and throw open the door
'Cause that's what a heart is beating for
Yeah, that's what a heart is beating for
Beating for, beating for

Brace yourselves, take a good look around
We've all been thinking upside-down
That love's about what life can bring our way
Oh, but love isn't love unless someone pays
And so with love, the only way to gain
Is give it all away? Is give it all away?

Why be afraid, no reason to hide
Take the chance, put it all on the line
Draw in a deep breath and throw open the door
'Cause that's what a heart is beating for
Yeah, that's what a heart is beating for
Beating for, beating for
CHRIS RICE
Chris Rice is an American singer/songwriter in the Contemporary Christian music community
He was born on June 11, 1970 and grew up in Maryland to a Christian family. His parents owned a Christian book store.
Rice took piano lessons but was never really interested in the music business, his interest was becoming a youth group leader in retreats and camps. However, his mind was changed after he was invited to sing to a youth group.
In 1996, he signed to Rocketown Records for his skills as a lyricist, leading him to fame.
RITA DOVE
Rita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952
She excelled in academics and attended Miami University in Ohio as a National Merit Scholar
Her poetry is known for its lyricism and beauty and has a sense of history and political scope.
She was named U.S Poet Laureate in 1993, and to the day she is the youngest poet to ever be elected to the position
-Lorraine Rowe-
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-Ashley Martinez-
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-Klarissa Stevenson-

Poetry Analysis
It's neither red
nor sweet.
It doesn't melt
or turn over,
break or harden,
so it can't feel
pain,
yearning,
regret.

It doesn't have
a tip to spin on,
it isn't even
shapely—
just a thick clutch
of muscle,
lopsided,
mute. Still,
I feel it inside
its cage sounding
a dull tattoo:
I want, I want

but I can't open it:
there's no key.
I can't wear it
on my sleeve,
or tell you from
the bottom of it
how I feel. Here,
it's all yours, now—
but you'll have
to take me,
too
Heart to Heart
Dove's poem uses devices such as enjambment and end stop. This poem describes a real heart, not the symbol we identify love with. Dove's poem emphasizes how the heart can't be broken or hardened because it is a living organ, ad yet the heart always wants to say something,

The poem ends on a light note with the message that the person that will one day own her heart will have to love and accept all of her and who she really is. This poem stands against the superficial beliefs and stereotypical aspects of love and the heart.
Chris Rice uses metaphor and imagery to get his audience to understand that love is simple and that the heart is spiritually connected with love. From his perspective, the heart is beating for love. To describe what love can make one feel, he uses repetition and imagery.

Rice uses imagery and metaphor to get his audience to picture what he's singing about.
Works cited:
Compare and Contrast
Rita:
Uses devices of enjambment, serious tone, and end stop
Represents the heart as being literal

Both:
Explains that love is simple
Use imagery and metaphors
Chris:
Uses repition and has a hopeful tone
Represents the heart as being spiritually connected to love.
"Rita Dove." poetryfoundation.org. poetryfoundation, n.d. Web. 29 May. 2014
"What a Heart Is Beating For." metrolyrics.com. metrolyrics, n.d. Web. 28 May 2014.
"Chris Rice." Wikipedia.org. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 28 May 2014.
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