The poem "Dreams" begins with the literary device of 'in media res' or in the middle of the action, as indicated by the abrupt start with a lower case letter in the word "in."
Giovanni further disorients the reader by her use of the lower case "i" as the the first-person pronoun rather than "I," suggesting that the narrator feels diminished by her life and her racial heritage.
The speaker also uses dialect as she describes what she wanted to "say" as the following:
“dr o wn d in my youn tears”
or “tal kin bout tal kin bout”
This dialect stops readers from reading too quickly. Instead, it forces them to slow down and figure out what is being said.
The loss of vivid and energetic imagery
in the last lines of the poem, starting with "then as i grew . . ." mirrors the loss of the speaker's energy as she gives up her youthful rebellion and chooses to conform. Screaming "baaaaaby nightandday" is replaced by becoming a domesticated and cliched "sweet inspiration."