Born 1952 in Akron, Ohio, to a chemist father and an academically-gifted mother, in 1987 Rita Dove became the second African American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and, in 1993, the first African American U.S. Poet Laureate.
2. What other possible terms for reading the poem compete with Romanticism? That is, in what other ways are you ready to—or prefer to—read this poem?
2a. Specifically, given Rita Dove's prestige as an African American poet, a multicultural poet, and "a first," what is gained or lost by reading her in those frames of reference rather than as a Romantic or post-Romantic writer?
2b.In contrast or as complement, what is gained or lost by association with a historical style like Romanticism? What risks but what progress?
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