Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How does Rita Dove represent the lives of African American women?

What defines motherhood for Dove?

The role of the artist is a frequent theme in Dove’s work. What does she find this role to be? What different kinds of art appear in her works?

How does Dove use form in her poetry? What does she do with sonnet form that is original and unusual?

How does Dove use myth in her work?