Mother Love by Rita Dove

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Calling upon the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Mother Love examines the love between mother and daughter, two tumblers locked in an eternal somersault: each mother a daughter, each daughter a potential mother.

In settings as various as a patio in Arizona, the bistros and boulevards of Paris, the sun-drenched pyramids of Mexico—and directly from the Greek myth itself—Rita Dove explores this relationship and the dilemma of letting go.

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Rita Dove , former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and musician, lives in Charlottesville, where she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
Published May 17, 1995 by W. W. Norton. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This slim volume shows Dove--Pulitzer Prize winner, novelist and 1993-95 U.S. Poet Laureate--at the height of her poetic powers. In the tightly crafted two-page introduction, essential to understandin

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She notes that she has elected the tightly constrained sonnet form to explore the mother/ daughter drama because its narrators--here variously Demeter, Persephone and nameless modern-day mothers and daughters--``are struggling to sing in their chains.'' In some poems the speaker's energy breaks f...

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