Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou "You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I'll rise." Have you ever been so influenced by such a small amount of powerful words? This brilliant quote extracted from Maya Angelou's own poem, "Still I Rise", basically brings out the spirit and nature of each of her publications. Maya Angelou's works of poetry are seen as inspiration for those who have been discriminated for their public appearances. As a victim of personal rejection and institutional racism, Maya writes in an assertive, confident tone with a repetitive style on behalf of African-American discrimination as seen through her poems "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", "Phenomenal…show more content…
The poem speaks out to women as far as of where they are in society. The poem reminds women that they are filled with beauty and strength and they should love themselves for who they are. "I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size," says Angelou. In this poem, she doesn't spare the painful details of blacks. Instead, she gives them hope (Cookson). Every woman should be filled with joy, confidence, and wisdom in her as well to challenge the stereotypes of what makes a phenomenal woman. Just like "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", Maya again not only writes about the discrimination of blacks, but about all women. "When we hear this poem, we listen to ourselves" (Sylvester). Surrounded by music her whole life, like a blues singer, Angelou sings the suffering of black women and their indomitable spirit ("Explanation of…Angelou"). She writes, "When you see me passing it ought to make you proud." A great influence on her charisma in this poem is her occupation as a performer. Working as an exotic dancer and showing off her body all the time, Maya accepted who she was ("Explanation of…Angelou"). The theme of this poem is self-confidence, and how Angelou has hope in each and every insecure woman out there. She uses a sassy, assertive tone in this poem also. For example, she says "I'm a woman./ Phenomenally" This sense of anger is seen in the previous poem, too. In addition, she uses a strong, straightforward rhyme in her poetry (Cookson).

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