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Analysis and comments on Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

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Comment 146 of 446, 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 446, added on December 25th, 2005 at 8:50 AM.

Great for abuse survivors. Very helpful and inspiring

Catharine from United States
Comment 144 of 446, 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 446, 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 446, 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 446, 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 446, added on December 12th, 2005 at 7:19 AM.


Lauren Wilmer from United States
Comment 139 of 446, 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 446, 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
Comment 137 of 446, added on December 1st, 2005 at 1:33 AM.

In past society African American women have centered themselves as targets
unwillingly through hardships of abused slavery. However, in the world
today as Maya Angelou describes in her poem ,“Still I Rise”, women have
rose from the grown they were thrown to. Maya Angelou’s poem revolves
around the theme of independence and rising when fallen. Angelou uses
metaphors and similes and well as other literary devices to help the reader
understand the struggle she reflects on from anger and pain. The title
implies that Angelou has the ability to rise above anything that evokes to
her down.
In the first stanza Maya Angelou uses metaphors to describe the evil
thoughts that
people have against her and how she overcome them. Angelou, the speaker,
starts out saying “ you write me down in history” and “ bitter, twisted
lies” representing that textbooks sometime never hold all truth of history
and that certain things are left out for the sake of children.
Unremarkably, there is a sense of lies and silent discriminations that
border African Americans that are not mentioned in the scripts of history.
Maya immediately makes the reader think twisted of history lessons that
have been lectured over they year. Thus, reviling hundreds of blacks who
had to be killed throughout wars and misfortunes. Through a simile ,“ but
still, like dust, I’ll rise”, Maya displays how her ancestors were put
down, forced to be slaves, but however she has carries herself as a strong
women indicating that although past history has been devastating the spirit
in her will triumph.
In the second, fourth ,fifth , and seventh stanzas Maya uses different
questions to analyze her thoughts. In these questions Maya acknowledges her
good qualities as well as those she is not too in favor of, and she turns
them into positive ones, because it is just she, and no one can change her
way of being. These questions are spilled out to those who apparently can
be targeted at a husband, betrayed friend, or even the enemies of the past.
The technique of asking questions is a way that Angelou pulls the reader
into the poem. With this tactic in mind the reader is obligated to examine
Maya and also their own opinions.
In the first ,third, and sixth stanzas Maya doesn’t question the reader
but however the stanzas end with the phrase “I’ll rise”. The alteration of
questions and the confident phrase “I’ll rise” lets the reader know that
the questions are open minded and that it is the job of the reader to fill
them in. In the third stanza Maya uses literary devices to help the reader
understand her thoughts. Similes in the third stanza describe her inner
self. “ Just like moons and like suns” and “just like hopes springing high”
show how she is an equal to all and all that surround her. In the sixth
stanza her sexual appeal is reference through a simile, “I dance like I’ve
got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs”, demonstrates a sign of natural
sense of pleasure.
In the rhyming of the poem each stanza except the last two follow a
constant pattern of ABCB DEFE GHIH. With the last two stanza their format
of claim changes. Angelou begins to emphasize the rising the title implies,
instead of talking to the reader. In the last two stanzas Angelou mentions
“ rooted in pain” reference of the issue of slavery. Instead of these
troubles hanging on her shoulders, “shoulders falling down like teardrops”
(simile references in the 4th stanza), she brings about the strength her
ancestors gave her, “gifts that my ancestors gave”, to encourage her own
spirit. “ I am the dream and the hope of the slave”, Maya makes reference
to the last stanza that she is obligated as an descendant from them to
carry out their dreams for an opportunity to succeed as a African American
in the free world. Maya creates and poem as a voice for all people, and not
just her own individual story.

ElsaRuiz from United States

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Still I Rise
Added: Feb 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 4 2004

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