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Maya Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise" analysis.

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monikakhatri | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 9, 2010 at 11:36 AM via web

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Maya Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise" analysis.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 10, 2010 at 12:00 AM (Answer #1)

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What exactly are you looking for? An analysis of the meaning of the poem? Do you need to point out poetic devices?

The meaning:

"Does my sassiness offend you?"

"Does my hautiness offend you?"

"Does my sexiness offend you?"

Well, if so:

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise

This poem is a true Civil Rights poem about the resiliency of Blacks. No matter what has happened to them in history (and to the author):

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise

There are terrific similes, metaphors, personification in this poem - can you find some?

  • like dust I'll rise - simile
  • I walk like I've got oil wells pumping in my living room - simile
  • You may shoot me with your words - metaphor

There is something wonderful in every line! See what you can find. There is a helpful analysis here on enotes.

 

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