Does the author of "Still I Rise" use rhyme, repetition, or meter?

The author of "Still I Rise" uses rhyme, repetition, and meter to create a rhythm that builds in order to convey the power of the speaker, control the pacing of the poem, and create a mood of empowerment and purpose. She repeats the phrases "I'll rise" three times and "I rise" seven times, moving from the future tense to the present. End rhyme reinforces the inevitability of the speaker's empowerment.

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Yes, Maya Angelou uses rhyme, repetition, and meter, achieving a sort of consistent movement or flow to the poem—it is very rhythmic—giving it a sense of growing urgency and power. For the first seven stanzas, the second and fourth lines of each stanza share an end rhyme. In those same seven stanzas, the speaker repeats the phrase "I'll rise" three times. It is, as though no matter what other people do or try to do to her, no matter how they devalue her, no matter how they underestimate her, she continues; she rises up and will not be trampled into dust.

In the final two stanzas, the repetition of the phrase "I rise" becomes much more prominent, occurring seven more times. Notice too that it is in the present verb tense now and not the future tense. It feels insistent, like a pulse that quickens, as though the speaker is becoming more inspired and more empowered as the poem progresses. In addition, there are four more sets of end rhyme (or nearly so) in those final two stanzas (shame and

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