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Transcript of Nikki Giovanni
http://nikki-giovanni.com/bio.shtml a fighter... a believer... an individualist P o e t r y Giovanni's Writing Style Giovanni uses untraditional free verse often. She does write traditional poems for children, but she uses the untraditional format for the older audience. Her poems demonstrate rhythm. Giovanni's poetry does not have much detail, but she definately portrays intensity in her words. Her words show passionate emotions. Giovanni has a great affect towards her audience. Reoccurances Nikki Giovanni has written many of the same themes and subjects in her poetry. She seems to focus mostly on love even though she did not want marriage as a part of her life. Giovanni also writes about loneliness, depression, sorrow, and friendship. Time Period Influences Giovanni had some big historical moments growing up. She was born in 1943, which was right around the Civil Rights Movement Era (1960-1980). So, Nikki grew up having to fight through the racism. She is proud of her heritage an often refers to it as 'Black', instead of 'African American'. Nikki fights for 'Black' rights as a realist. Nikki Giovanni's Poetry 'Love Is' 'And I Have You' 'I Wrote a Good Omelet' 'Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day' 'Poetry' 'Winter Poem' 'For Saundra' 'You Came, Too' 'Sky Diving' 'Kidnap Poem' 'Nikki-Rosa' Few of Many Masterpieces G i o v a n n i ' s
P o e t r y Love Is
Some people forget that love is
tucking you in and kissing you
no matter how young or old you are
Some people don't remember that
listening and laughing and asking
no matter what your age
Few recognize that love is
no fun at all
You and me I Wrote A Good Omelet
I wrote a good omelet...and ate
a hot poem... after loving you
Buttoned my car...and drove my
coat home...in the rain...
after loving you
I goed on red...and stopped on
green...floating somewhere in between...
being here and being there...
after loving you
I rolled my bed...turned down
confused but...I don't care...
Laid out my teeth...and gargled my
gown...then I stood
...and laid me down...
after loving you Poetry
poetry is motion graceful
as a fawn
gentle as a teardrop
strong like the eye
finding peace in a crowded room we poets tend to think
our words are golden
though emotion speaks too
loudly to be defined
by silence sometimes after midnight or just before
we sit typewriter in hand
pulling loneliness around us
forgetting our lovers or children
who are sleeping
ignoring the weary wariness
of our own logic
to compose a poem
no one understands it
it never says "love me" for poets are
it never says "accept me" for poems seek not
acceptance but controversy
it only says "i am" and therefore
i concede that you are too a poem is pure energy
between the mind
of the poet and the ear of the reader
if it does not sing discard the ear
for poetry is song
if it does not delight discard
the heart for poetry is joy
if it does not inform then close
off the brain for it is dead
if it cannot heed the insistent message
that life is precious
which is all we poets
wrapped in our loneliness
are trying to say Analyzing... 'P o e t r y' 'Poetry'... poetry that reads emotion... sings the meaning and true value of life... poetry makes you forget about everything else and just focuses on what is really impoartant... poetry reads the Poetry's Persona The persona of Giovanni's 'Poetry' is a poet or, in general, all poets themselves. The poet(s) attempt to directly depict the value of life. Inspiration No inspiration. In my opinion, only other poets and their poetry inspired Nikki. Giovanni wanted to enforce how precious life is. Theme.. Message.. Moral 'Poetry' reads and sings the true meaning and value of life. Life is not about looking at all the unfortunate events, but rather, how precious it is.
A poem is life. It should be felt rather than understood. Life is to be experienced and savored rather than watching it pass by before one's eyes. The second stanza reads "we poets thend to think our words are golden though emotion speaks too loudly to be defined by silence." It means emotions have much more meaning to the heart while words are the meaning to the mind.
'Poetry' is also saying how the message is only to value what we have in life before we lose it to a poet's loneliness. In the eighth stanza, the poet(s) is/are saying, "...if it cannot heed the insistent message that life is precious which is all we poets wrapped in our loneliness are trying to say." The poet(s) tell the world about such a simple truth, but it portrays a much bigger meaning. S T Y L E free verse untraditional sings the truth within the stanzas straightforward, direct intense deep Style in Depth Stanzas 1-3: It is explaining how poetry is meant to be experienced and felt, rather than read and understood. Poetry should depict life's fortunes or misfortunes, making people realize how luck they really are. Stanzas 4-6: If the poem is not felt, then it is obviously not understood. Therefore, poetry is worthless to the soul. Stanzas 8 & 9: Poets who have missed the meaning truly value the 'insistent message' now. Effect and Response AAAAAAAAA Nikki Giovanni is a grand woman, inside and out. Her poetry has influenced how I look at life. It will continue to inspire me with new ideas and my own poetry. Giovanni's words are ingenious, disregarding the length and amount. Her words speak truth and great opinions. Humorous, direct, harsh, and even explicit, Giovanni's poetry is a strong influence to the world and I.