by Rita Dove
Guide to the HyperText version of the poem
Some questions about the links I made
- Explain the usefulness of the "villanelle" link at the end of
the first section ("The Cane Fields").
- Why would this "villanelle" link be located in the final line?
What would be a better location for the link?
- At two different times in the poem, the links lead you to other
links in the poemall in an endless circle. Why would I create
this (frustrating) circle in these specific locations in the poem?
- Explain the significance of the several Haitian newspaper reportsand
book reviewto the HyperText poem as a whole.
- Why are the Rita Dove interviews located in the next-to-last stanza
of "The Cane Fields" section? (The interviews also can be linked
at the top of the poem page.)
- Why does the second section begin with the "Psychoanalysis and
- Research the significance of the sculpture linked to this line:
"My mother, my love in death." Why would this particular sculpture be important at this particular
location in the poem?
Last modified February 17, 2001