Rita Dove

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book.jpgSonata Mulattica (Norton)
Beethoven once dedicated a sonata to a half-African musician—then revoked the dedication. Why? In her book-length poem, Rita Dove attempts an imaginative historical reconstruction of what happened. We hypothesize about the what-ifs of music history as we explore the poetic forms and devices used by Dove to create the past.



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