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Daystar By Rita Dove Essay

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Rita Dove's poem "Daystar" talks about a woman who is both a wife and a mother and who is exhausted by her daily tasks. This poem takes place at a time of rest for the mother while the children take a nap. Dove's use of meter and tone concentrates on illuminating the beauty and the importance of everyday events in normal lives. Rita Dove's use of tone in this poem as well as the diction of words creates a unique feeling of sympathy for her poem's character. When you think of the title `Daystar' you consider a performer, such as an actress. This definition of star would surely bind in well with the idea of her double roles in which she must perform daily roles, as a mother and a wife.

Every poem has its own tone for the readers to grasp. In this particular poem Dove uses words to present sorrow along with the sympathetic feelings towards its character. Dove uses her words and the feelings you get from her words to perfect her strategy. For example: `so she lugged a chair behind the garage' (line 4). Here she uses the word `lugged', which, if you are reading this poem can sense the feeling of exhaustion and possibly depression being given off by the mother. The mother has had a long hard day filled with daily chores, taking care of children and cleaning as well. Another example of word usage in this poem is when she describes the mother's dream. `She had an hour, at best, before Liza appeared pouting from the top of the stairs' (line 12-13). The way the author used her words gives the reader a sense of excitement and anticipation of the hour of relaxation ahead. But at the same time Dove takes this away almost immediately giving the audience a sense of reality. As readers we all know that this mother cannot enjoy the hour of relaxation she wanted because daily duties are still calling. The reader senses these feeling and information not only by the choice of words, but also by the phrases and meter the author uses. Dove's meter used in this poem is spondee. In her poem she uses two stressed notes together. This makes up the diction which in it's own way helps the author plan on how to make the readers empathize with the mother in the poem.

The diction of the poem is the way the author puts the words together to forma phrase. This provides more of an understanding to the mother's emotions, as well as the audience reading the poem. Rita Dove's diction of the poem helps maintain the idea of the theme. The title of the poem really ties in with the poem itself. A good example of this is in the poem is when the mother decides to set up her `palace' of relaxation. `She lugged a chair behind the garage' (line 4). Here the audience senses the amount of exhaustion and strain on the mother's body. After the mother decides `to have a little room for thinking' (line 1). She contemplates a way to find a calm place to relax while she stops her daily chores. Another example use of words would be ideas she used to escape from the over bearing world she...

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