3-4 page typed and double spaced preparation essay in which you will analyze your selected poem using the dramatistic pentad.

Write an analysis of your selected text using the dramatistic pentad.

This paper must: • Provide a brief definition of each element of the pentad in your own words.

• Identify each element of the pentad in your selected poem, using specific examples to support your analysis.

• Discuss each element of the pentad in 1-2 paragraphs.

• Be double-spaced, in size 12 font, with one inch margins throughout, stapled, and follow the MLA style manual for citation guidelines


the poem to be analyzed is: Nikki Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

“childhood remembrances are always a drag

if you’re Black

you always remember things like living in Wood-lawn

with no inside toilet

and if you become famous or something

they never talk about how happy you were to have

your mother

all to yourself and

how good the water felt when you got your bath from one of those

big tubs that folk in Chicago barbecue in

and somehow when you talk about home

it never gets across how much you

understood their feelings

as the whole family attended meetings about Hollydale

and even though you remember

your biographers never understand

your father’s pain as he sells his stock

and another dream goes

and though you’re poor it isn’t poverty that

concerns you

and though they fought a lot

it isn’t your father’s drinking that makes any difference

but only that everybody is together and you

and your sister have happy birthdays and very good christmases

and I really hope no white person has cause to write about me

because they never understand Black love is Black wealth

and they’ll probably talk about my hard childhood and never understand that

all the while I was quite happy.”