Rita Dove Quotes

Rita Dove Quotes: I wish someone had told me that my stories are really mine to tell. In other words, anything that I think is important or that has moved me has the ability to move somebody else.
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Rita Dove Quote: To write for PC reasons, because you think you ought to be dealing with this subject, is never going to yield anything that is really going to matter to anyone else. It has to matter to you.
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Quotes about Rita Dove: For years, I had heard about the lack of interest in literature in the U.S. and I had complained about it. I failed to understand how people could fail to be moved by art.
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Quote about Rita Dove: Courage has nothing to do with our determination to be great. It has to do with what we decide in that moment when we are called upon to be more.
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Rita Dove Sayings: To me, a poem is almost like someone whispering to another person, or you hear the whispering in your head. I hope with my own poems that the reader feels a connection, soul to soul, that'll help us all feel a little less alone on the planet. And it does have the power to direct change. A writer can make the word 'dark' be something positive. You can relieve a word like 'hysterical' of its misogynistic implications. You can make the language your own. That's what poetry is about.
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Rita Dove Saying: I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry.
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Sayings about Rita Dove: I didn't know writers could be real live people, because I never knew any writers.
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Saying about Rita Dove: I was not interested in doing the plot of OEDIPUS in blackface. I did wonder, what would these people have been like if they hadn't been in that situation? . . . One could look at Oedipus, or at my character Augustus, as a cynical schemer who did everything because he was hungry for power. But that's just too easy. I'm more interested in how humans can embody conflicting goals and emotions.
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Rita Dove Quotes: For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard.
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Rita Dove Quote: By making us stop for a moment, poetry gives us an opportunity to think about ourselves as human beings on this planet and what we mean to each other.
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Quotes about Rita Dove: If only the sun-drenched celebrities are being noticed and worshiped, then our children are going to have a tough time seeing the value in the shadows, where the thinkers, probers and scientists are keeping society together.
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Quote about Rita Dove: Have you ever heard a good joke? If you've ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you're already on the way to poetry. It's about using words in very precise ways and using gesture.
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Rita Dove Sayings: I think that when a poem can move readers across generations and across its specific class or race then it becomes truly classic.
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