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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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 understandinMay 15 1995 | Read Full Review of Mother Love
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...| Read Full Review of Mother Love
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