Christina Tartini Mrs. Kuehlke Writing Workshop March 2015 The Virginia Tech Massacre "I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy." (Giovanni). Nikki Giovanni was born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni on June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee (“Nikki”). Nikki Giovanni, professor at Virginia Tech and writer, was involved in a tragic event in 2007. Giovanni helped Virginia Tech move forward from the massacre that took place at the college. Nikki Giovanni has impacted our world through her poems, speeches, and books. Nikki Giovanni had an interview with Scholastic in 2002. In her interview with Scholastic, she talked about what inspires her to write. For Giovanni, …show more content…
The voice of the “We are Virginia Tech” poem is Nikki Giovanni and the point of view of the poem is the student body of Virginia Tech. From reading her poem it shows us that she can be trusted and believes that they can get through this hard time. The time period that she wrote this poem was April 2007 and the place was at the Virginia Tech Convocation. The Virginia Tech massacre influenced her to write “We are Virginia Tech” and they wanted her to write it for the memorial ceremony. The poem she shared would be heard all around the world. The audience of the poem is angry and sad about the awful event. People who are open to hear her message need hope and encouragement to move forward from the shooting. The purpose of her poem was to show Virginia Tech that they can move on while still mourning about their classmates. Overall, the main purpose was to show how strong they all are. The Virginia Tech massacre is the subject of the poem. The tone of the poem is encouraging, hopeful, and selfless. Giovanni compares their massacre to other terrible events going on every day in our world. To prove the idea that they do not understand their tragedy, Giovanni compares their own tragedy to other problems in our world. To prove the idea they did not deserve this she says, “Neither does a child in Africa dying of AID’s, neither do the invisible …show more content…
When the president of Virginia Tech asked Giovanni to speak at the memorial convocation on April 17, 2007, he had no idea that the words Giovanni said was going to complete a tragic circle (Bowers). Nearly ten thousand people at the convocation and thousands on worldwide TV more heard Giovanni’s words (Bowers). Her poem lifted all the students to their feet and they all applauded (Bowers). The poem Giovanni wrote was quickly put together just hours after the massacre. After she shared her poem at the convocation, she said, “I just think everybody needed to know that we were going to be all right. And I think that, probably, what I, what I had to say helped them see
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At the end of the story, the narrorator chooses the girl, but ends up regretting it. I too can connect with the regret he feels. He had a tough decision between the girl and the fish. The boy chooses Sheila Mant because he cannot resist her beauty. He describes how amazing the moonlight looks shining on her skin.
In Giovanni’s second paragraph he says that “we know we did nothing to deserve it” and then he references children in “Africa dying of AIDS” and the Mexican child looking for fresh water” to use that as an example to provide logic to and to show the audience that even though no one truly deserves for a tragedy to happen to them no one stop because tragedies happen very frequently and all across the world and all that humans can do after a tragedy is to persevere and move on. Furthermore, these real world examples were incorporated in order to give relatable examples so that the audience would understand how other families in other countries when a tragedy like this happens to them. By the end of the speech, the audience should be in deep thought because of the other real world examples forces the audience to think about the state of other countries and the problems that other families are dealing with right
Monday, April 7th, 2007 the day 30 plus people died and hundreds of students and staff mourned. Just the day after, all Virginia Tech’s students and staff gathered together to hear comforting words about the recurring question of “What will Virginia Tech do next”. The ‘We are Virginia Tech” poem was written by Nikki Giovanni, who was a teacher of Seung-Hui Cho (The perpetrator) and many other students of VTech. Nikki made this poem in a matter of 12 hours and read it aloud the day after the incident, the incident being the motivation for the poem. Nikki Giovanni writes this poem to address the question that also comforts and gives VTech staff and students hope for the future of VTech.
Article: When Veterans Protested the Vietnam War Song: We gotta get out of this place In the article, “When Veterans Protested the Vietnam War”, it talked in a first person point of view. Jan Barry, who wrote the article, described many reasons why war was not a good idea. In the song, “We gotta get out of this place”, it talked about how war was a waste of time and that you’ll eventually die before your time.
Licata "After Us" Essay In "After Us" Connie Wanek uses imagery of rain to show that the human race will either continue to grow or it will destroy itself. "After Us" is talking about the human race, either at the beginning or end of its existence. It talks about a perfect world, one that has grown and flourished, but it starts to rain. They do not know if it is the rain will stop and they will continue to live, or if the rain will go on forever therefor eventually destroying humanity.
Truly successful poets have the ability to convey their own thoughts and makes us think deeply about things in life without having to tells us to do so. In the poem “All Eyez On U”, Nikki Giovanni does just this. Through the use of stylistic elements such as diction,details, and imagery, Nikki Giovanni shows her dislike of the white race, blames, and shames the white race for supposedly killing Tupac, forcing crime, and framing the blacks. Giovanni uses diction to aid her political statement by over using words such as us,them and they referring to the blacks as us, and the whites as they.
“Because they never understand Black love is Black wealth” (Line 22), proving that although people judge about the welfare of black people, all that is needed is love and that is enough. She then ends the poem with “ I really hope no white person ever has the cause to write about me” (Line 21), which in her mind she thought you wouldn’t understand the culture and how you could be happy in that environment if you weren’t there. People usually imagine black families impoverished, upset, or angry, but with this poem she explains that she had a family that was nothing like that and her family’s love made her childhood great. Nikki Giovanni said a lot more than she wrote in this poem, by showing the flip side to what everybody thinks is a horrible lifestyle to live in. She explains that her parents had love for her, even though they had their own problems.
How would you feel if someone could control what you were thinking? In “The Feed” written by M.T Anderson, everyone living in the community had a feed in their brain that was controlled by one large organization. Violet, the main character, suffers through a malfunction in her feed that changes the way she sees her society. Most people’s opinions can be changed when they have experienced the benefits and the disadvantages of something. Since Violet is aware of how life is with and without the feed, she becomes hesitant to believing that her community is being run efficiently.
The poem “A Story” by Li-Young Lee depicts the complex relationship between a boy and his father when the boy asks his father for a story and he can’t come up with one. When you’re a parent your main focus is to make your child happy and to meet all the expectations your child meets. When you come to realize a certain expectation can’t satisfy the person you love your reaction should automatically be to question what would happen if you never end up satisfying them. When the father does this he realizes the outcome isn’t what he’d hope for. He then finally realizes that he still has time to meet that expectation and he isn’t being rushed.
Her writings include the poems “Legacies” and “Choices”. “Legacies” written in 1976 is one of Giovanni's famous pieces of work. Legacies express Giovanni’s knowledge passed down from her generation (Applebee 418). Her knowledge was passed by her grandmother a great teacher to her. She influenced her granddaughter in many ways, such as her informal speech/slang (PoetryFoundation 1).
“Incident” by Natasha Tretheway brings to life the horrors African Americans faced during the time the Ku Klux Klan was rampant in the United States. Fear and secretiveness was an everyday part of African American lives. They were unable to live like white Americans were due to the racism they faced. This poem, however, symbolizes the idea that life continues through the fear of it crumbling. The narrator is still alive to tell his or her story; therefore, this is evidence that life continues.
The author John Steinbeck best evokes empathy and compassion in an audience with his story The Harvest Gypsies more than other authors. The authors Kevin Starr and James Weldon Johnson have evoked empathy in the audience with their stories but were not as strong. The stories that will be compared to The Harvest Gypsies are titled Lift Every Voice and Sing by Kevin Starr and Endangered Dreams by James Weldon Johnson. Comparing these stories with John Steinbeck’s story will prove how much empathy there is in the story.
Poems can be analyzed in various ways ranging from their complexity to the emotions they convey to readers. The poems, “The Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes and “The Harlem Dancer” by Claude McKay will be analyzed based on their similarities and differences to name a few. The poems may describe different events; however the overall connection between the two can be identified by readers with deeper reading. Comparisons between the poems may easier to analyze and identify compared to the contrasts based on the reader’s perception. Overall, the concept and much more will reveal how the poems are connected and special in their own way.
This is different from the other poem Women because in the poem by Nikki Giovanni the speaker keeps changing for someone and they constantly reject her. This shows that she does not have the confidence to be who she truly is without their approval. “She wanted to be a blade / of grass amid the fields / but he wouldn 't agree / to be the dandelion,” (Giovanni 1-4). These lines show that they do not want to be amongst