Wednesday, April 4, 2018

D is for Rita Dove: Different Angles

It's April! Time for the AtoZ Blogging Challenge!

For those who haven't played along before, the AtoZ Blogging Challenge asks bloggers to post every day during April (excepting Sundays), which works out to 26 days, one for each letter of the alphabet. In my opinion, it's the most fun if you choose a theme.

This will be my 5th year participating.
My theme this year is Poets I Love all about some of the poets whose work has touched me over the years.

For my regular readers, you'll see more than the usual once-a-week posts from me this month. I'm having a great time writing them, so I hope you enjoy reading them, too. Be sure to check out some of the other bloggers stretching their limits this month to share their passions with you, too. With over 400 participants, there is bound to be something you'd love to read.

The thing I enjoy about Rita Dove's poetry is that sideways view, that stepping in from a different angle. Like in this one: "Heart to Heart" where she compares her actual heart, the organ, to decorative hearts and metaphorical hearts.

I especially like the ending stanza that plays with idioms about hearts: the key, the on the sleeve, the bottom of it.

In the end, all the hearts are offered to the listener: the muscle in the chest, the representation of romance, and the metaphorical center. But, she'd practical: you can't take the heart without taking the woman, too.

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