Facts about Rita Dove

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Rita Dove is a famous Poet from USA, he/she is still alive and was born August 28, 1952.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac virgo, who is known for Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful. Our collection contains 47 quotes who is written / told by Rita, under the main topic Trust.

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Famous quotes by Rita Dove (47)


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"What writing does is to reveal"
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"For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"I didn't know writers could be real live people, because I never knew any writers"
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"Being true to yourself really means being true to all the complexities of the human spirit"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure"
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"It's unfortunate that sometimes in schools, there's this need to have things quantified and graded"
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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"
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"I believe people may have a predisposition for artistic creativity. It doesn't mean they're going to make it"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"When we are touched by something it's as if we're being brushed by an angel's wings"
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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"
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"It's the combination of the intimate and the public that I find so exciting about being poet laureate"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on"
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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"
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"Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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!"
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"There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"I write short stories, and I wrote a play"
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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!"
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"I think children have talent and insight, but it gets beaten out of them"
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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"
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"Libraries are where it all begins"
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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"
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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"
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"I carry a notebook with me everywhere. But that's only the first step"
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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"


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