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Transcript of Rita Dove
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)
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
Rita Dove (1952-)
: 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
: Renewal, Nostalgic, Hopeful to Realistic
: New beginnings
: Accentuates the theme, vivid, describes the path, pink descriptions
: repetition, simile, metaphor, emphasis
: pink, taxi, suitcase
: Free Verse
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
By: Tyler, Emma, and Julia
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
Imagery: motion, precision, flight
Figurative Language: allusion ("seven-league stride"), alliteration,
Symbols: ballroom dance = freedom/flight
Lyricism & musicality
Thomas and Beulah
Music & Dance (
Open Ended Response
How does Rita Dove's background contribute to her use of imagery?