Collected Poems

Collected Poems


Book - 2016
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Rita Dove's Collected Poems 1974-2004 showcases the wide-ranging diversity that earned her a Pulitzer Prize, the position of U.S. poet laureate, a National Humanities Medal, and a National Medal of Art. Gathering thirty years and seven books, this volume compiles Dove's fresh reflections on adolescence in The Yellow House on the Corner and her irreverent musings in Museum. She sets the moving love story of Thomas and Beulah against the backdrop of war, industrialization, and the civil right struggles. The multifaceted gems of Grace Notes, the exquisite reinvention of Greek myth in the sonnets of Mother Love, the troubling rapids of recent history in On the Bus with Rosa Parks, and the homage to America's kaleidoscopic cultural heritage in American Smooth all celebrate Dove's mastery of narrative context with lyrical finesse. With the "precise, singing lines" for which the Washington Post praised her, Dove "has created fresh configurations of the traditional and the experimental" (Poetry magazine).
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393285949
Branch Call Number: 811.54 D751C 2016
Characteristics: xvi, 432 pages ; 25 cm


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This substantive and enriching decades-spanning volume charts the work of Dove (Sonata Mulattica)-a Pulitzer Prize recipient, former U.S. poet laureate, and Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal recipient-as she forged her legacy from a sharp, unflinching eye that skillfully turned history into co... Read More »

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Aug 20, 2018

Not easy reading; many of these unrhymed poems (often little slices of life) need to be read multiple times and taken apart for understanding. However, despite the sometimes obscurity, two aspects of the poems shine out: they cover all aspects of the human experience, and create images so vivid that they seem to dance in front of our eyes. This book will be on my list for further reading, again.


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