Contrast the depiction of the setting in Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Knoxville, Tennessee” with that of the same city in James Agee’s A Death in the Family (1957).
By what strategies does Giovanni unify “My House”?
“Negro” is a Latinate word denoting “black.” What is the basis of Giovanni’s objection to “Negro”?
Giovanni is known for a particularly free-verse form and informal, conversational diction. What is specifically poetic about her work?
Cite several lines or phrases in Giovanni’s poetry that seem to be calculated to shock the reader into thoughtfulness.
Given her preoccupation with African American life and issues, what aspects of Giovanni’s writing entitle her to the wider distinction of being judged “a keen interpreter of modern times”?