What is the tone of Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise"?

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The tone of Maya Angelou’s poem "Still I Rise", found in the anthology And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems published in 1978, can be described in various ways: it is at once defiant, thoughtful, hopeful, sad, and triumphant. Like much of Angelou’s work, it references the lived experience of African Americans, their resistance and resilience, and the poem’s tone encapsulates the varied emotions combined in their history and present.

It is both political and personal in nature, and directly comments on the experience of being an African American woman. We get the sense of an empowered, playful woman, full of “sassiness” and “sexiness.” But there is anger and despair too. Rather than...

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