On the Bus With Rosa Parks by Rita DovePoet Rita Dove was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 1993 at the age of 40. Much of her work is about the African-American experience, although many of her poems also show her love of music, history, and creativity. A group of poems about a working class family going through difficult times begins her 1990 work, On the Bus With Rosa Parks. She ends it with poems about the Civil rights era as young black women bravely speak out about racist actions. From the third stanza of The Enactment (regarding the racist treatment of Mary Ware on a bus):
Then all shes got to do is
sit there, quiet, till
the next moment finds her-and only then
can she open her mouth to ask
Why do you push us around?
and his answer: I dont know but
the law is the law and you
are under arrest.
National Poet Laureate Rita Dove talks of "On the Bus with Rosa Parks"
On the Bus With Rosa Parks
In , Rita Dove was one of the youngest poets to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Dove also became the youngest poet laureate of the United States in Currently, Dove is a professor of English at the University of Virginia. Park's refusal to sit in the back of an Alabama bus in was a landmark of the civil rights movement. Used by permission of the author.
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Jump to navigation. Doing nothing was the the doing: the clean flame of her gaze carved by a camera flash. Explore poetry Browse poems Browse poets Special collections. Poem introduction In my book On the Bus with Rosa Parks - in this sequence, the titular sequence, I speculate not only on Rosa Parks' historic non-doing, her refusing to give up her seat on the segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, , but also speculate on any moment in history when one is suddenly confronted with a choice - what would one do. About the Poem Forms.
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All rights reserved. Line 1 How she sat there, This is a deceptively simple opener. While you're sitting in class, is there a marching band playing behind you to celebrate your taking a load off? Probably not. Typically there aren't a lot of bells and whistles that go along with sitting there. But if you think about who "she" is, the line seems more powerful cue the slow, dramatic music. It's easy enough to figure out that this poem is about Rosa Parks because Rita Dove says so Google has really changed our lives.