By Rita Dove
The son of a white girl and an “African Prince,” George Polgreen Bridgetower (1780–1860) travels to Vienna to fulfill “bad-boy” genius Ludwig van Beethoven. the good composer’s next sonata is initially devoted to the younger mulatto, yet George, exuberant with acclaim, offends Beethoven over a lady. From this significant come across evolves a grandiose but depression poetic story. a brand new Yorker's A Year's interpreting; Booklist Editors selection Award.
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Test,” “Tempt,” and “Text” are only a few letters apart. They are also utterly synonymous. 18. Feel free to think of the clothing store, or mind whichever gap you have in mind 19. as this is the 2nd person portion of the poem, the well-kept common grounds where the reader provides the sandwiches, wrapped in the news. Here however, the voice in the poem lurches, the subjectivity staggers, manifestation of the em dash in poetic context, word with an invisible self inside itself, interruption by way of explanation, aside inside, plus and minus and always another (line 21) to come, expectation and obliteration, segmented foil to the lung ellipse, the only binaries we know: R U—00—II (Dickinson)?
Poetry makes the public private. Poetry makes the universal personal. Poetry makes the personal universal. [ 42 ] Poetry makes the political apolitical. Poetry makes the apolitical political. Poetry makes control out of chaos. Poetry makes chaos out of control. Poetry makes the word a word. Poetry makes a word the word. Poetry makes nothing happen. Nothing makes poetry happen. 22. “Contempt,” “detest,” and “hate” constitute 3 of the 92 words in this poem. 23. The exact midpoint of the poem. 6 of the 46 lines in this poem rhyme with may.
I chart my art. I chauffeur my fur. I cheer my ear. I chip my hip. I chloroform my form. I chronicle my call. I cinch my inch. I circumcise my size. I clap my lap. [ 27 ] I click my lick. I climb my limb. I clinch my inch. I clip my lip. I cloak my oak. I clog my log. I clone my own. I clot my lot. I clover my lover. I cluster my luster. I coil my oil. I combust my bust. I compass my ass. I conserve my serve. I conceal my seal. I confront my front. I craft my raft. I control my troll. I crap my rap.
Sonata Mulattica: Poems by Rita Dove