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Rita Dove

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Emma Hooks

on 31 March 2015

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Transcript of Rita Dove

Career:
Attended Miami University in Ohio as a National Merit Scholar
Fulbright Scholar at University of Tübingen in West Germany
Currently a professor at UVa
US Poet Laureate (1993-1995)
Pulitzer Prize ('91 and '93)

Family:
Father: first African American chemist in U.S. tire industry
Mother inspired Rita's love for literature
Married German-born writer Fred Viebhan
Daughter Aviva born in 1983

Significant Life Events:
Grew up during Civil Rights movement
House fire
Rita Dove (1952-)
Exit
Background
: A poem about a woman passing into a new beginning or a new stage of life. Written in 1995 in "Mother Love".
Point of View
: Second Person, from a woman's perspective
Tone
: Renewal, Nostalgic, Hopeful to Realistic
Theme
: New beginnings
Imagery
: Accentuates the theme, vivid, describes the path, pink descriptions
Figurative Language
: repetition, simile, metaphor, emphasis
Symbols
: pink, taxi, suitcase
Meter
: Free Verse
Rhyme
: None
Chocolate

From American Smooth
Point of View: First-person
Literary Devices: Imagery, personification
Tone: admiring, playful
Hesitant -> decisive & eager
Imagery: smelling, tasting, feeling texture of chocolate
Symbols: chocolate = her lover
melting = risk of losing her love
Meter: Free verse
Rhyme: None

American Smooth
By: Tyler, Emma, and Julia
Rita Dove
Dove's Style
Background:
A tragic fire inspired Rita Dove and her husband to begin ballroom dancing. This poem describes American Smooth, a style of ballroom dance that combines elements of traditional Latin and Ballroom dance.

Point of View: First person, past tense
Tone: wistful, nostalgic
Meter: Rhythm reflect the dance, punctuation (--) marks pauses in dance
Rhyme: none
Imagery: motion, precision, flight
Figurative Language: allusion ("seven-league stride"), alliteration,
Symbols: ballroom dance = freedom/flight
Sensory imagery
Rhythmic, dance-like
Lyricism & musicality
Narrative
Subjects:
History (
Thomas and Beulah
)
Music & Dance (
American Smooth
)
Open Ended Response
How does Rita Dove's background contribute to her use of imagery?
Works Cited

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poet-dance-rita-dove-conversation

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/rita-dove

http://people.virginia.edu/~rfd4b/dungy%20interview.pdf

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182219

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/dove/onlineinterviews.htm

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/dove/onlineinterviews.htm
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