How does "Still I Rise" compare to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech?

Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" and Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream" both exude hope and confidence, and they both use repetition to emphasize their main points. Angelou, however, assumes a challenging, taunting tone that King does not use.

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Both Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream" are bursting with hope and confidence. Angelou's narrator proclaims that no matter what others do, whether they lie or try to tread her down in the dust or hate her with words and looks, she will rise. Nothing can hold her back from reaching out for and embracing her future. She will be the person she was meant to be: sassy, confident, and proud. She will not be broken or bowed down before anyone. Instead, she will rise from a "black ocean, leaping and wide" (line 33) up out of the past into the clear light of daybreak. Angelou's narrator here stands for all Black people.

King also expresses great hope and confidence. He has a dream that someday, justice...

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