Essay on Rita Dove Literary Analysis

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Rita Dove: Literary Analysis

Rita Dove has written many different kinds of poetry. She also wrote books, short stories plays and all types of literature. This essay will focus on specifics of her writing by analyzing three pieces of poetry that Rita Dove has written. The works we will be looking at are In the Old Neighborhood, My Mother Enters the Work Force, and The Bistro Styx. Through these three works you will see examples of Rita Dove’s use of home in her poetry, her use of figurative devices such as similes and metaphors, and you will see Dove’s view on children coming of age in different ways.

By looking at the poem “In the Old
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As Dove’s poetry is so varied, it is easy to spot any number of types of figurative language she likes to use. After looking through the selections it appears she does not rely heavily on any particular type of figurative language. In the Old Neighborhood makes use of personification and contrasting dark vs. light elements. My Mother Enters the Work Force uses a little personification with rich and descriptive metaphors and even throws in a hyperbole or two. The Bistro Styx is a beautifully worded poem that uses elements of different types of rhyme schemes combined with similes, metaphors, and personification all rolled into a semi-tight package. The reason for the semi-tightness is that Dove feels a weak poem is one that is not left open in at least one way. Dove’s description is very vivid as seen with this simile from The Bistro Styx, “The Chateaubriand arrived on a bone-white plate, smug and absolute in its fragrant crust, a black plug steaming like the heart plucked from the chest of a worthy enemy…'; . Here is a short but memorable hyperbole from My Mother Enters the Work Force, “…traveling the lit path of the needle through quicksand taffeta or velvet deep as a forest';. Figurative language has a direct effect on tone but with the variety of poems that Dove

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