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Week Four | Ego Tripping Pantun

March 9, 2017

Yesterday we celebrated International Women's Day! Today. We celebrate ourselves. We will be writing Ego Tripping ("I am") poems in Pantun form. 

Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni

I was born in the congo

I walked to the fertile crescent and built

the sphinx

I designed a pyramid so tough that a star

that only glows every one hundred years falls 5

into the center giving divine perfect light

I am bad

I sat on the throne

drinking nectar with allah

I got hot and sent an ice age to europe 10

to cool my thirst

My oldest daughter is nefertiti

the tears from my birth pains

created the nile

I am a beautiful woman 15

I gazed on the forest and burned

out the sahara desert

with a packet of goat's meat

and a change of clothes

I crossed it in two hours 20

I am a gazelle so swift

so swift you can't catch me

For a birthday present when he was three

I gave my son hannibal an elephant

He gave me rome for mother's day 25

My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and

I stood proudly at the helm

as we sailed on a soft summer day

I turned myself into myself and was 30

jesus

men intone my loving name

All praises All praises

I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard 35

My bowels deliver uranium

the filings from my fingernails are

semi-precious jewels

On a trip north

I caught a cold and blew 40

My nose giving oil to the arab world

I am so hip even my errors are correct

I sailed west to reach east and had to round off

the earth as I went

The hair from my head thinned and gold was 45

laid across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal

I cannot be comprehended

except by my permission

I mean … I … can fly 50

like a bird in the sky …

Ego Tripping Performance - A Different World 

We will be writing our own Ego Tripping poems in the form of a pantun!

Pantun Poetic Form:

- Quautrain

- ABAB Rhyme Scheme

- 8-10 syllables per line typically 

- "The pantun is a four-lined verse consisting of alternating, roughly rhyming lines. The first and second lines sometimes appear completely disconnected in meaning from the third and fourth, but there is almost invariably a link of some sort. Whether it be a mere association of ideas, or of feeling, expressed through assonance or through the faintest nuance of a thought, it is nearly always traceable"

Pantun Format

Line A

Line B

Line C

Line D

REPEAT Line B 

Line E

REPEAT Line D

Line F

REPEAT Line E

REPEAT Line C

REPEAT Line F

REPEAT Line A

 

Tips:

Don't be afraid to exaggerate!

Brag! Be bold! 

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