Ego Tripping Poem Analysis

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The 1970s were a rough year for African-Americans, still fighting for social and political rights in the United States. Consequently, women still did not receive equal rights. However, in 1972, “Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution, which reads: ‘Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex’ ( Staff).” Out of the thirty-eight necessary states only twenty-two ratified it right away, it was relieving for the moment because the feminist advocates had been trying to be ratified since 1923. The First African-American woman elected into Congress was Shirley Chisholm. This moment opened doors for African-American women that they thought would never have a chance. Nevertheless, the poem Ego Tripping written by Nikki Giovanni dated back to 1972 where she expresses her power throughout the poem with the support of feminist statements. Giovanni reminds the audience of historical moments that lead up to the current conditions of the United States. Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why) was published with a bundle of poetry which is entitled My House, the book of poems had a common underlying idea that Giovanni is free to do what she pleases and live by her own set of rules (Masterpieces of American Literature Ed. Steven G. Kellman.) The meaning of power is the capacity or the ability to direct or influence the behavior…show more content…
In line 8 and 9 of Ego Tripping Nikki Giovanni states “I sat on the throne, drinking nectar with Allah.” In a religious aspect, Allah is a God in Muslim tradition, he is the highest form of power that people believe in, so she is stating that is sitting and enjoyed her time with Allah. For her to say something so unrealistic and with such force is powerful many people wishing to one day met Allah, however she has advanced the stage most desire to
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