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Analysis and comments on Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

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Comment 258 of 428, added on January 14th, 2009 at 7:17 AM.

It is one of my favorite and very representative of how I progress and have
progressed through life. Thanks Maya for the beautiful articulation and
command of the English language

Karen from United States
Comment 257 of 428, added on November 1st, 2008 at 9:51 PM.

OMG! this is like my almost favorite poem that she has written. Hopefully
one day I can be as sucessful as Ms. Angelou

Angelica-Dimples :) !
Comment 256 of 428, added on May 27th, 2008 at 2:30 PM.

This poem is really really good.LOVE IT!!

Felicia from United States
Comment 255 of 428, added on April 20th, 2008 at 1:11 AM.

I like how she, instead of making it specific to her life, used broad
simple words to enable any and everyone who reads the poem to apply it to
their own lives. Although she has faced many adversities as an African
American growing up and it radiates in the works she does, you do not have
to be an African American to relate to it.
I also like the fact that she has sort of a defiant tone in this poem. She
uses naturally negative words like "sassiness" and "haughtiness", and owns
them to become positive characteristics. Then she aims rhetorical questions
towards the "you" of the poem in almost a comical way, suggesting that they
are almost offended and upset because they don't have those
characteristics; as if they are jealous almost.
There is a lot going on in this poem, I can talk for days. It is really
empowering and uplifting towards all women everywhere and it instill hope
for our future.

Andrea from United States
Comment 254 of 428, added on February 25th, 2008 at 12:55 PM.

i love this poam it reflects to true african american black power. It makes
me feel like i can be stronger than i am!! i just want to say thanx to maya
angelou!! yours truely,seamone

micah battles from United States
Comment 253 of 428, added on February 15th, 2008 at 12:35 PM.

I love the world out of this poem, because it reminds me of my own life
because people are just obstacles in my way but...STILL I WILL RISE!!!!!

latonia littlejohn from United States
Comment 252 of 428, added on January 23rd, 2008 at 12:01 PM.

i am doing this poem for my english GCSE and i am so glad that it is in my
anthology because i think that it is beautiful and i find it amazing how
she can say so much, so powerfully in so little words

Comment 251 of 428, added on December 12th, 2007 at 5:32 AM.

i think that poem is beautiful.it teaches people to rise when they try and
put you down. i learned that poem and still keep it in me. that poem is an
inspiration to me and im a young person. it tells us that just because our
ancestors went through certain things we don't have to go through it we
should learn from it then use what we know from their mistakes and
overulation to get through life.

Cheyenne Singleton from United States
Comment 250 of 428, added on October 1st, 2007 at 6:44 PM.

Although this poem is about the struggle of Afro-Americans, this poem can
also be applied to the simply down-trodded, the people who feel beaten down
- people of all ethnicities.

Cayla from United States
Comment 249 of 428, added on July 22nd, 2007 at 3:45 PM.

9VAeZu The Jim Crow rules for the public bus system in Montgomery almost
defy belief today. Black customers had to enter the bus at the front door,
pay the fare, exit the front door and climb aboard again at the rear door.
Even though the majority of bus passengers were black, the front four rows
of seats were always reserved for white customers. Bennett wrote: "It was a
common sight in those days to see Black men and women standing in silence
and silent fury over the four empty seats reserved for whites." Behind
these seats was a middle section that blacks could use only if there was no
white demand. However, if so much as one white customer needed a seat in
this "no- man's land," all the blacks in that section had to move. Bennett
concluded: "This was, as you can see, pure madness, and it caused no end of
trouble and hard feeling." In fact, Parks herself was once thrown off a bus
for refusing to endure the charade of entry by the back door. In the year
preceding Parks's fateful ride, three other black women had been arrested
for refusing to give their seats to white men. Still the system was firmly
entrenched, and Parks would often walk to her home to spare herself the
humiliation of the bus.

Jim Crow from Tonga

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Still I Rise
Added: Feb 9 2004
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