Rita Dove Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Rita Dove Quotes and Sayings

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    All of us have moments in our childhood where we come alive for the first time. And we go back to those moments and think, This is when I became myself. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Being Poet Laureate made me realize I was capable of a larger voice. There is a more public utterance I can make as a poet. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Being true to yourself really means being true to all the complexities of the human spirit. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    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. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Going to the library was the one place we got to go without asking for permission. And they let us choose what we wanted to read. It was a feeling of having a book be mine entirely. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    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. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I believe people may have a predisposition for artistic creativity. It doesn't mean they're going to make it. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I carry a notebook with me everywhere. But that's only the first step. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I didn't know writers could be real live people, because I never knew any writers. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I have a high guilt quotient. A poem can go through as many as 50 or 60 drafts. It can take from a day to two years-or longer. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I keep the drafts of each poem in color-coded folders. I pick up the folders according to how I feel about that color that day. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I loved to read, but I always thought that the dream was too far away. The person who had written the book was a god, it wasn't a person. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I loved to write when I was a child. I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child, then you put away childish things. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I see a resurgence of interest in poetry. I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts when it comes to federal funding. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I think children have talent and insight, but it gets beaten out of them. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important. He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I thought, after the Pulitzer, at least nothing will surprise me quite that much in my life. And another one happened. It was quite amazing. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I was appointed Poet Laureate. It came totally out of the blue because most Poet Laureates had been considerably older than I. It was not something that I even had begun to dream about! Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    I write short stories, and I wrote a play. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    If they don't read, if they don't love reading; if they don't find themselves compulsively reading, I don't think they're really a writer. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    If we really want to be full and generous in spirit, we have no choice but to trust at some level. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    In working on a poem, I love to revise. Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this, but in the process of revision I discover things. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    It really wasn't until I was in college when I began to write more and more, and I realized I was scheduling my entire life around my writing. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    It's the combination of the intimate and the public that I find so exciting about being poet laureate. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    It's unfortunate that sometimes in schools, there's this need to have things quantified and graded. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Libraries are where it all begins. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker. My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning was the most exciting thing that could happen to you, and it never ends. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter. I have more favorite poems than favorite poets. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    One definition of eternity is that we are not alone on this planet, that there are those who've gone before and those who will come, and that there is a community of spirits. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    People write me from all over the country, asking me, and sometimes even telling me, what they think a poet laureate should do. I found that immensely valuable. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    The American Dream is a phrase we'll have to wrestle with all of our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we're redefining it now. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    The joy of working at something to find out what it means to me is what I grew up with. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    The poetry that sustains me is when I feel that, for a minute, the clouds have parted and I've seen ecstasy or something. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because it's cheerful and melancholy at the same time, and I think it comes from that shadow string, the double strings. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    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. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail, the easy words begin to fail. In order to convey things accurately, the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible, which is a precondition for literature. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    What is ironic is that Allen Ginsberg's importance was in its twilight for so many years that it took his death to bring it to the front page. He electrified an entire world! Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    What writing does is to reveal. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    When we are touched by something it's as if we're being brushed by an angel's wings. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF
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    You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before, it's impossible. Rita Dove | Refcard PDF






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