Still I Rise

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“Still I Rise” Poem Analysis “Still I Rise” was written by Maya Angelou, who is an African-American poet. A majority of her poems are written on slavery and life as a African- American woman. “Still I Rise” is one of the many well known. She discusses how she is treated differently and refers to her ancestry and relates to events they went through during the time of slavery and the events she continues to go through during her time period of life. “This poem has been an inspiration to people from all different walks of life.” “Still I Rise” is an amazing poem that not only speaks of the troubles of slavery and Maya's struggles in life but I think this poem is also a victory call a banner of hope and encouragement to all those that…show more content…
She refers to “…hopes springing high” in line eleven with the knowledge that everyone has high hopes and dreams for their lives. Everyone will always keep hoping. Just as peoples hopes will rise she will continue to rise also. She rises above the negativity of the words and actions that try to tear and crush her spirit. In stanza four Maya Angelou asks a series of rhetorical questions in lines thirteen and fourteen. She knows that people want to see her broken, weak and crying from the criticism and hateful words that have been said to her. She not only had to deal with criticism from being an African-American in a time when whites did not accept them into their society but also dealing with the fact that she was an African-American woman. During the fifties women were expected to marry and be a helping hand around the house. They were not expected to be in the working field. Just imagine how hard it had to be to make as an African-American women trying to achieve her goals. But she refuses to show how difficult it was through her emotion she just rises above it. In stanza five she talks of laughter. Laughter can be said to cure everything. By laughing at the negativity that is being thrown in you direction it will make it easier to brush it off and play it off as if it never offended you. Causing disappointment to the people who wanted to see that they can affect your attitude and walk all over you. By laughing

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