I have chosen to analyze two poems by Rita Dove. The two poems I have chosen are "The Bistro Styx and "For Sophie, Who'll Be in First Grade in the Year 2000 . In both these poems we have a mother or a mother figure trying to reach out to a daughter and to a child. "The Bistro Styx is an exploration of a mother/daughter relationship. It's about a mother letting her daughter go and not being able to protect her any longer. In "For Sophie, Who'll Be in First Grade in the Year 2000 we have a mother figure giving advise to a child, to protect and help her in her quest of life.
In the poem "The Bistro Styx we find Rita Dove working with the ideas of home life. In the beginning the mother sees that her daughter approaches looking different and the mother asks, "What's this? The first notation of the difference from the child she was used to the woman that she has become. The daughter apologizes for being late, though she wasn't. This is just a way of letting her mother know that she wasn't in control anymore. Perhaps that she wasn't in fear of any anger that the mother might have