In the poem “Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou compares herself to “moons” and “suns.” What do you think she wants to convey through these similes?

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In addition to what the previous educators have contributed to this question, I would also add that there is a particular nuance in Angelou's choice to use BOTH "moons" and "suns" as comparators in this poem. She does not intend to convey that her rise will be contingent upon circumstances; the moon reflects the light of the sun, after all, while the sun goes down at night to be replaced by its shadow, the moon. In saying that she will "rise" like both "moons" and "suns," Angelou is conveying the idea that her rise is not only as inevitable as that of these planetary bodies, but it is also not something which will occur at the whim of others or only at certain times or under certain conditions. Rather, Angelou and, by extension, the oppressed peoples she champions in this poem, continues to rise into the stratosphere regardless of universal conditions. The rise of the moon and the sun does not depend on the weather, the time of year, or what is going on in terms of human activity....

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