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Comment 158 of 428, added on January 23rd, 2006 at 5:54 PM.

I LOVE THIS POEM. THIS IS A GREAT POEM. I AM TEACHING THIS POEM TO MY
CHILDREN SO THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT.

joy from United States
Comment 157 of 428, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 1:03 PM.

this poem really makes you think...

Brittaney
Comment 156 of 428, added on January 18th, 2006 at 5:19 PM.

A lady friend of mine who used to be slim, attractive with soft white skin
and beautiful smiles told me that she once thought that she would never be
discriminated, even from time to time she would get some sexual harassments
from ADMIRER but deep down inside of her she felt NOT TOO BAD. What she
really tries to say is that the kind of discrimination I faced as a
minority she has never experienced in her lifetime. About three years ago
she quitted smoking and her body weight went of control, she gained about
150 pounds. [She did] Her daughter's boyfriend started calling her Fat Cow
and so did some of her neighbors whenever there's a conflict.
Discrimination against her weight was something she cannot imagine ever,
now she can expect this wherever she go in public places. As time go by,
this year she make her half centry mark, she told me that Age
discrimination is coming on her way also.

No matter you are Black or White, Male or Female, God is treating us the
same way, sooner or later we will face some kind of discrimination, if is
not your Skin, it may be your Age eventually.

Still I Rise is not just about Race and Sex discrimination, from Maya's bio
and her public speech we can understand this peom has much greater
meaning....

jcwang
Comment 155 of 428, added on January 16th, 2006 at 8:52 PM.

celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

jcwang from United States
Comment 154 of 428, added on January 12th, 2006 at 9:47 AM.

AUTHENTIC--in every aspect of the word.
Great author and poet.


Shalonda from United States
Comment 153 of 428, added on January 11th, 2006 at 3:04 PM.

i read this poem and have interpreted it in many ways. currently i am
writing an analysis of "Still i Rise" and would appreciate any personal
interpretations of the poem for examples in my paper. Thanks

Joanne from United States
Comment 152 of 428, added on January 6th, 2006 at 12:29 PM.

WHEN I FIRST READ YOUR POEM IL OVE IT . I LOVE THAT POEM SO MUCH

YASMEEN from United States
Comment 151 of 428, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 6:09 PM.

Very inspiring for African American woman. This poem pionts out all the
segragation and racism and sexism our counrty deals with today. I truly
loved it and i even think it should be talked out and shared in all schools
for all children to understand that in thhe future when they are adults
that they dont want all the segragation, racism, and sexism, like we have
today. WORLD PEACE IS WHAT WE REALLY NEED!!!!!!!!

-->>MaTTiE

mattie from United States
Comment 150 of 428, added on December 29th, 2005 at 5:09 PM.

Sorry the title should be:
Still I rise is about being a black, especialiy black woman?

jcwang from United States
Comment 149 of 428, added on December 29th, 2005 at 4:18 PM.

Famous Quote from Maya Angelou:

"As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men
adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them."

In Maya's poem "Still I Rise" is a cry out for standing up for yourself
whoever you are under any circumstances. From Maya’s point of view in this
poem, a black female is on the bottom of our social level scale in our
society/country. It definitely represents two major discriminations in
this world among us, one is racial and the other is sex discrimination.
From her quote above, she ironically makes a comparison between white woman
and black woman in terms of loneliness. I am not trying to say that who's
more deserved to make a complain on discrimination here, I just like people
to be more focus on a bigger picture and that is NO Discrimination under
any shapes of forms.

To be honest, in most eastern culture, female often were discriminated by
their society and the major reason is from their thousands year's
traditional culture. Things are more different now than it used to be in
many eastern countries such as Japan, China and Korea. There are still no
improvements in most of Arabic countries these days. Unfortunately on the
opposite, I have a white lady manager she uses this poem very wisely, not
only she continue to discriminate against minority but also she ONLY hires
white woman since she becoming my manager and there are five already, she
also uses woman minority business[white woman OWN only] for selecting a
vedor for the company. Is this the attitude and reaction Maya Angelou
would like to see from her readers? No, we must look at the bigger picture
and that is No discrimination under race, sex, sexual preference,
profession, age, nationality, culture background, etc. Next time before we
cry and scream for justice, we must try to stop those biases and
discriminations from us first.


jcwang from United States

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