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In settings as various as a patio in Arizona, the bistros and boulevards of Paris, the sun-drenched pyramids of Mexico—and directly from the Greek myth itself—Rita Dove explores this relationship and the dilemma of letting go....

Title : Mother Love
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ISBN : 9780393314441
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Mother Love Reviews

  • Kima
    2019-04-26 20:52

    Rita Dove manages to elevate the sonnet, effortlessly. With mythology at her disposal, she weaves a narrative that is equal parts contemporary, historic and elegy. A reimagining of the tale of Demeter, Persephone and Hades, Ms. Dove charts lust along the wheel of history right along with grief, longing, and dread.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-07 21:38

    Picked this up on the poetry month table at the library. Really cool, seamless crossing of borders throughout worlds--Greek mythology, tourism, everyday life.

  • Erik Caswell
    2019-05-14 20:59

    really loved the content & form of this one. and the note at the beginning about how the sonnet is this idealized utopian sort of space in the traditional sense which makes it sort of a gated off Eden that's not real - so Dove makes her sonnets in this realm of wrongness where everything echoes sharp or flat. plus I just loved the exploration of mother daughter relationship through the Persephone Demeter myths. there were a lot of really weighty poems and I love that feeling of having to stop after you've read something just to let it soak in... also read Psyche in a Dress and this was like, what that book wanted to do, but way way better and more artfully & without the creepy glamourization of Persephone's half-life of servitude to Hades...

  • Robert
    2019-05-20 23:53

    another poet--she's a prof at UVA. I discovered through a poem on a mural on the side of a building that I saw during a run in Charlottesville. English professors here (UD) love her. I want to read her some of her other books.Her poems here were loosely based on the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter is the mother and Hades kidnapped Persephone. Demeter negotiated that she got to keep Persephone for half the year (spring and summer) and Hades got her half the year (fall and winter). BTW, Demeter is the goddess of the seasons.One of the neat things about this book of poetry is that she has written a large number of sonnets that are approachable.

  • Yana
    2019-05-01 18:48

    I could tell from the first poem that I would really like this collection. Dove has a cool, humorous voice.

  • Olivia Chambers
    2019-05-02 19:40

    I thought it was interesting that all the poems connected and centered around the Persephone/Demeter story. I wasn't all about it, but it wasn't bad.

  • Aaron
    2019-05-10 18:35

    Not all of this made sense to me, as usual with poetry, but I liked it.

  • Xandria
    2019-04-27 23:35

    Dove explores the mythos of Persephone and Demeter.It's a collection of poetry about traveling, about the kidnapping and aftermath of Persephone, including Demeter's perspective. The reader is a guest in a different country, the kidnapped, the worried mother, the "other" in a different culture. Readers can easily empathize with the roles that they might not experience, and perhaps during this time in the United States while many of us are reeling with the recent election, Dove's words speak vividly to a reality that we are experiencing. We are mother's to a country taken from our grasp, we are a homeland that sees its own people as outsiders. This collection is a call to empathy, a call to see the world and explore while embracing different cultures, a celebration of languages. Give Dove's Mother Love a read, it inspires, it reminds, and it shows the vastness of love.

  • Arryn
    2019-05-10 21:51

    Just finished reading this collection of poems by Rita Dove! It was so wonderful. I've been trying to get my hands on it since studying a few of Dove's poems in my Writing By Women's class last semester. Dove's writing is brilliant and powerful. It's no surprise that she was poet laureate for the U.S from 1993-1995. In this collection, Dove works with the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter to explore the relationships between daughters and mothers at numerous stages and settings. I would recommend to friends and acquaintances. Especially if they like poetry, modernized tellings of myths, and women writers who are just completely brilliant.

  • Michael
    2019-05-22 01:50

    Some interesting topics and interesting turns of phrase, certainly poetic, but not sumptuous enough for me to read the whole thing. Also, the gall of writing so many sonnets with no rhymes - argh! I can handle free verse sometimes - Head Off and Split brought me to tears - but putting this free flow into such artificial structure seems strange, and was taunting to someone like me who grew up writing rhymes in these formats.

  • Jillian
    2019-05-13 20:51

    I've been very interested in mythology in poetry lately. Rita Dove performs a well-crafted and haunting exploration of the myth of Demeter and Persephone. The colloquial language offers such a connection, such an earthiness, and sketches (darkly) images of mothers and daughters and sexuality that are at the same time tender and disgusting, but always beautiful.

  • Robin
    2019-04-22 20:39

    I think of Rita Dove's collections, this one might be my favorite. I love the interpretation and reinterpretation of sonnets - what a sonnet can be, what a sonnet can do, and what a sonnet should be. Coupled with a mythological story that I adore, and the back-and-forth of a woman as both daughter and mother, and this is just a knock-out collection. Heartbreaking and beautiful and poignant.

  • Kat
    2019-05-01 23:32

    A beautiful collection of well-crafted poems, many of them variations on the sonnet, and most of them concerning the story of Demeter and Persephone. In the introduction, Dove writes that she chose the sonnet form because of the simultaneous constriction and beauty it offers, that her subjects are struggling to "sing in their chains."

  • Jim
    2019-05-16 19:56

    As a fan of Greek mythology, I appreciate Dove's take on the Demeter-Persephone myth in this collection of poems. (Ivy Alvarez' worthwhile debut MORTAL provides yet another unique perspective on the same story.) Innovative in both structure and content, this collection should have received even more praise than it did.

  • A book for your thoughts ;)
    2019-05-21 18:52

    Excellent! I loved this collection!Dove captured the nature of a mother's love very well within these poems. Her use of Greek mythology mixed with Caribbean culture made me want to read this even more! I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to both mothers and daughters!

  • Helen
    2019-05-11 19:31

    Collection of poems, mostly sonnets, composed from the point of view of mothers and daughters, using the myth of Demeter and Persephone as a base. Brilliant, thoughtful, well, written, everything you'd expect from Rita Dove.

  • Ahk
    2019-05-02 20:56

    Surprisingly gritty

  • Lena Tumasyan
    2019-05-18 21:32

    I don't get what the fuss is about. I didn't think the poems were THAT great... then again... poerty in general hasn't had the same impact on me lately so maybe it's me. I'm not sure about this one.

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    2019-04-26 23:56


  • Crystal
    2019-05-21 19:55

    Rita Dove is a talented and gifted poet and so many of these I have come to hold close to me. She also takes poetry to a new level with this collection I think.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-28 01:33

    My favorite collection of poems, hands-down. I've read it probably 40 times.