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Comment 147 of 427, added on December 28th, 2005 at 12:34 PM.

The first time when I read "Still I Rise" that was 15 years ago, as a
Chinese I was so used to live in a country with 99.9% the same race country
fellows, I could not fully comprehend what this Great poem was about but I
did LOVE this poem very much.
Maya wrote with Simple and Common English vocabularies and yet with such
mighty and powerful message can spread all around the world, no matter you
are Black or White, woman or man… this poem give you a strong impression
and power to stand against any unfairness and bias or discrimination.

After living in the states for a while, I started experiencing racial
Discrimination in many different occasions. some were so painful and
hateful that I thought i had to live with the rest of my life. Thanks to
MLK, Maya, Oprah and many others, I now refuse to fall and yield when I
know that I can still rise.

I have to admit that “Still I rise” is a challenge for most Chinese/English
translator. For years I have been searching for the right word to interpret
the word RISE in Chinese but still cannot find any Chinese words to
represent it the best. Recently I opened a column on Chinese public forum:
Many of my country fellows participating in the discussion of how to better
translate “Still I Rise” in Chinese, so far there are over 270 posts, 27000
hits. We even have a humorous version called “Still I Eat Rice” to
entertain us. [It’s just a humor not to be disrespect to Maya]. I am so
glad that most Chinese who understand English can finally start to
appreciate this wonderful poem by Maya. I understand that we as human being
may not be able to completely eliminate all bias and discrimination or
mistreatment from others but we should be able to MINIMIZE with public
education and awareness and also within ourselves.

jcwang from United States
Comment 146 of 427, added on December 27th, 2005 at 6:44 PM.

Maya Angelou's words are so empowering. As I continued to read on, I felt
so strong and beautiful. I love all of Ms. Angelou's work, especially
Phenominal Woman. Her words are so powerful. She says alot of things that
most women can't say out loud, but are thinking.

Nela from United States
Comment 145 of 427, added on December 25th, 2005 at 8:50 AM.

Great for abuse survivors. Very helpful and inspiring

Catharine from United States
Comment 144 of 427, added on December 22nd, 2005 at 7:35 AM.

like a phoenix, we (black women) will rise...this poem is very impressive..
it truely shows the African mind set...if the sun comes out tommorow, that
means we still have hope... hundred years of oppression through slavery,
apartheid, historical and present lies...we still rise...thumbs up for Maya
Angelou..i'm a different woman after reading this poem...thank You..

nikki from Korea, South
Comment 143 of 427, added on December 16th, 2005 at 6:19 PM.

I think this poem ibesides maybe phenomenal women is the most inspirational
and outstanding poem I have ever read. i would recommend this poem to
anyone who can read. From my perspective I think the message Maya is tring
to prtray is focused on the struggles of African American women. maya has
away to really reach people me especially partly because I am a female and
also because I am still a child growing into a woman.Still I Rise. :-)

Shayna Capers from United States
Comment 142 of 427, added on December 14th, 2005 at 9:55 PM.

I like this poem sooo much and I m trying to analyze this. so If anyone who
analyzed this would tell me something. especially I m interested in the
style she write this.

Haruka Fukuda from Japan
Comment 141 of 427, added on December 14th, 2005 at 4:59 PM.

this poem is really good im going to read this poem to my school class for
a assignment

Tamara from United States
Comment 140 of 427, added on December 12th, 2005 at 7:19 AM.


Lauren Wilmer from United States
Comment 139 of 427, added on December 8th, 2005 at 8:24 AM.

Still she rised even though everyone put her down. She is really a
phenomial women if I were her age I would be with her.

Devin Gladney from United States
Comment 138 of 427, added on December 5th, 2005 at 8:33 AM.

This poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou is a very inspiring poem and I
believe she is very gifted at poems. This poem can easily be taken two
different ways, one being that its completely about slavery and the other
being a view on women through the centuries through someone’s eyes who
knows the danger, and knows what it feels like to have all the freedoms
that women have now. I think that the second one is probably more of what
it has to deal with women in general weren't exactly treated like queens
all there lives they have had to endure hardships just like the rest of us,
its barley been one hundred years since all there rights have been
recognized by men, its always been a mans world and men have always thought
of women to be inferior until now, This poem is bout the triumphs of women
all over the world, about how they were put down, rapped of there minds and
torn to shreds by the ever powerful man, not now women have become equal to
men in every way, surpassing most men in many ways women have risen from
the bottom to the top and should be proud of the fact that they can no
longer be put down by man who had no equal till now.

AJ from United States

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