Poetry Analysis Of Maya Angelou's Still I Rise

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Poetry Analysis of Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” was published in 1978 at one of the most productive and successful periods of Angelou’s career. “Still I Rise” tells about bouncing back and rising up past oppression and hate. The speaker in Angelou’s poem talks to a direct audience, asking them questions, announcing to them that no matter what they do, she will always rise back up. The poem is broken up into quatrains, although the last two stanzas use the repetition of the phrase “I rise” between the complete lines. The author uses figurative language in every stanza of her poem and uses similes and metaphors to create imagery and to get the tone and the theme of the poem across to the reader. Angelou uses figurative language to convey the message of resilience and succeeding even through hatred.
While many types of figurative language are used in “Still I Rise,” similes are the most common and they go a long way to help convey the theme of the poem by creating tone. In the second stanza, after asking the audience if they are upset by her sassiness, Angelou writes, “‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells/Pumping in my living room” (7-8). The simile “like I’ve got oil wells/Pumping in my living room” is comparing the attitude of the speaker to to the attitude of someone who is rich with personal oil wells. The speaker is saying that she walks as if she’s rich, as if she could own the whole world. This gives the speaker a confident and

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