Research of “Canary” The True Story
Canary is a poem about the great jazz singer Billie Holiday. In the concluding pages we will look at Mrs. Dove, the poem “Canary” and Billie Holiday and Michael S. Harper whom the poem is dedicated. I will try to convey what Ms. Dove is trying to say not only about Billie but the deep rooted meanings of the words that have been written.
The poet Rita Dove is probably one of the greatest writers of any generation, she served as Poet Laureate of the United States and also consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. The position of Poet Laureate means that she was appointed by the Librarian of Congress, this position is a great honor and it is intended to raise appreciation and awareness of poetry during his or her term, which runs from October to May http://www.loc.gov/poetry/about_laureate.html. The Post Laureate is paid a stipend of $35,000. Some other famous Poets have held this prestigious position, such as, Robert Frost who actually won four Pulitzer prizes for his works, one poem I read of his is “The Road Not Taken”, which gives us a glimpse of what choices we make in life and how they affect us, mostly by taking the road less traveled. Robert Penn Warren also held the position of Post Laureate and one of his poems was “Mortal Limit”, which showed how high our dreams can be and how quick they can be shattered. Robert Penn Warren happens to be the only person to win a Pulitzer Prize for both Poetry and Fiction. Rita Dove also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for poetry. Ms. Dove, who happens to be African American, has written many poems and books, one in particular was On the Bus with
Rosa Parks. She has one so many awards that it would take a few pages to list them. So I will only give you a few, Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2004 to 2006, in 2003 the Emily Couric Leadership Award, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, 1997 Sara Lee Frontrunner award and also in 1997...