Essay on Comparison of Still I Rise and Realities of a Black Woman

2633 Words11 Pages
Comparison of Still I Rise and Realities of a Black Woman

Compare and Contrast the poems Still I Rise By Maya Angelou and Of course when they ask about the Realities of black women by Grace

'Still I Rise' written by Maya Angelou and 'Of course when they ask about the "Realities" of black woman' written by Grace Nichols, are the two poems that I will be comparing and writing about. These poems are expressing the opinions of how white people would like to see or how they see black women.

I understand that the word culture means a wide range of ideas, knowledge and beliefs. That is usually shared between the people of a country, place, race, group or religion. The word Culture can also mean a way of life, or set of
…show more content…
Maya Angelou opens her poems with "You may write me down in history".
This gives an impact of accusing, that the poet is accusing the reader of the lies carried out against her in the past. Maya Angelou is addressing the reader directly by using the pronoun "You" this makes the reader automatically feel involved.

"With your bitter, twisted lies". This gives us the idea of her races past being untrue because the word "lies" has been used. Adjectives have been used to reinforce the word "lies" with "Bitter" and
"Twisted". These adjectives have been used to describe, the lies written down about black people in history. The word "Bitter" suggests that the lies are hostile and resentful. The word "Twisted" suggests that the lies are cruel and perverted.

The woman is a very ambitious person and wants to put the lies about her races past behind her and "Rise" above them "Leaving behind" "Up from a past that's rooted in pain" are two examples of how the poet shows she wants to leave the lies behind, these have used to show the reader what she is rising from and that she is rising from the lies.
Also no matter what happens, she will over come her races lied about past but at the same time still be proud that she is a member of her race. The purpose of the poem is to stress the themes of racism and self-acceptance. This poem in my opinion is to create an image of a strong, confident black woman and not the image of the
Open Document