Rita Dove on Precision

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“Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail, the easy words begin to fail . . . In order to convey things accurately, the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible, which is a precondition for literature.”

-Rita Dove, quoted by Felicity Barringer, NY Times, June 20, 1993.

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