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Week Four | Ego Tripping Pantun

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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