Nikki Giovanni Poetry Analysis

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Summary Biography Poet and writer Nikki Giovanni was born on June 7, 1943. In Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a prominent poet and writer who established Cincinnati’s first Black Arts Festivals in 1967. She graduated with honors from Fisk University in 1967. Giovanni published her first book of poems, “Black Feeling,” “Black Talk” in 1968. She achieved a lot in her writing life. She established herself as a potential poet by winning many awards including a woman of the year from “Ladies Home Journal” in 1973. In recent years, she has produced new works of children “Rosa” (2005) “Acolytes” (2007). She works as a professor at St Joseph and Virginia Tech University. Her poems helped define the African-American voice. She was also a major force in the black art movement. Feminism Theory Feminism is a theory, which argues that legal and social restriction on females must be removed to bring equality of both sexes. Writing entails many forces such as styles, theories, and environmental inspiration. The forces are then categorized in afro-futurism, deconstruction, formalism, stylistic, Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism and psychoanalytic theories of literature. Since the paper aims at discussing how Giovanni is more of a poet than a feminist, it will address Giovanni’s ability to cut across many literary theories as opposed to the thought that she is only a feminist. Deconstruction Theory Criticism Deconstruction theory criticism is reflected in her poems. According to Jacques
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