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Still I Rise

Strength in the face of tremendous hardship is one of the most important (and most universal) themes of Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise." This poem speaks to opression and suffering that black...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2017 7:45 am UTC

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Maya Angelous's "Still I Rise" uses a number of literary devices to build an assertive, defiant, and triumphant tone in her poem. The speaker uses apostrophe, which is a direct address to an absent...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020 8:14 pm UTC

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Through various types of figurative language, Maya Angelou conveys a bold and self-reliant tone in "Still I Rise." From the beginning, it is clear that the speaker has faced persecution and...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020 6:56 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou has lived through many difficult circumstances in her life. She studied and worked and rose above these detrimental events. The details of the poem “Still I Rise” sadden the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2013 12:34 pm UTC

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If you count the poem's title, the words "I rise" or "I'll rise" are repeated eleven times in this poem. That gives the reader a clear indication that "rising" is the main theme of this great poem....

Latest answer posted May 10, 2020 10:43 am UTC

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In this poem, the speaker expresses her confidence in herself, despite those who might "want to see [her] broken" with "Bowed head and lowered eyes." Instead of acting ashamed or embarrassed about...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2018 6:42 pm UTC

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This poem is an expression of confidence and self-empowerment by a speaker whom society tries to oppress and control. She compares herself and her sense of self-worth to many different things...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 11:11 am UTC

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There are multiple symbols in this poem which contribute to its central meaning. The speaker describes herself as "dust," which she contrasts to the "dirt" into which her detractors would like to...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2021 10:42 am UTC

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The main structural device that Angelou uses to support her theme is the repetition of the phrase "I rise." She repeats this phrase ten times throughout the poem. Not only does she use the phrase...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 1:15 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou’s intention with the poem “Still I Rise” is to speak to those who oppress, and to those who are oppressed. She begins the poem addressing the ubiquitous “you.” Although her message is...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 6:06 pm UTC

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The poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou is spoken by a first person narrator who is not explicitly named in the poem. The poem is in the shape of a speech by the narrator to an also unnamed "you."...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 1:25 am UTC

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While this poem is noted for its rousing singular voice, Maya Angelou does not forget to give credit where credit is due. Through the following quote from "Still I Rise," she pays homage to her...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 7:39 pm UTC

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The educators below have given great help in locating many literary devices. I would like to add that when analyzing the poetic choices an author has made in a poem, it's important to consider why...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 1:52 pm UTC

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In this poem, which demonstrates the speaker's inner perseverance through life's difficulties, Angelou creates varying metaphors to convey her strength. In one stanza, she writes, Just like moons...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 12:38 am UTC

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The poem is written in the second-person perspective, meaning that the speaker addresses the reader directly as “You.” This word is, significantly, the first word of the poem, and it is repeated...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 11:39 am UTC

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Connotation is defined as... ...suggestions and associations which surround a word as opposed to its bare, literal meaning. […] Connotation refers to qualities, attributes, and characteristics...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2015 4:01 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 11:53 pm UTC

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The figurative language in Angelou's poem all connects to its central theme: that, no matter what is done to the speaker and to her people, her power is such that "still, like dust, I'll rise."...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2018 9:54 am UTC

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In the first stanza, the author uses figurative speech to illustrate oppression, and her response to it. You may trod me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, I'll rise. The image of someone...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016 1:20 am UTC

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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,...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 10:34 pm UTC

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The title of this poem is, indeed, a metaphor. We do use the phrase "to rise" in a metaphorical context very readily in English, to the extent that we can forget it is not meant literally—we might...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2018 9:47 am UTC

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Who is meant by 'you' in the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou is American society in general and the thoughts held by some in this society. She addresses, for example, those who record history,...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

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As a black woman, Angelou acknowledges a world that has tried (and still does try) to render people of color powerless. She says, in the last stanza, "I am the dream and the hope of the slave."...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2018 1:20 am UTC

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If we shoot someone, then we're attacking them. So if we "shoot" someone with words, then we're also attacking them—but with hateful words instead of bullets. Words are often used to belittle,...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 6:18 am UTC

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To answer in today's parlance, "this one goes out to all the haters." In essence, Maya Angelou's defiant, triumphant "Still I Rise" is addressed to everyone attempting to keep the speaker down....

Latest answer posted April 8, 2018 4:18 am UTC

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There are three kinds of irony found in literature, the first of which is essentially sarcasm, or verbal irony, when someone says the opposite of what they mean. The second is dramatic irony, which...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2019 10:49 am UTC

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The line comes from the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou.In the broader context of Angelou's work, the poem is about fighting against oppression; the "rising" is about human beings rising up...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016 9:19 pm UTC

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I’m not sure what you mean by “thesis title” because to me they are two different things. The thesis is the main idea of the entire essay where a title is just a creative name that you give your...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2016 12:24 am UTC

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Angelou constructs "Still I Rise" utilizing informal diction as a means of linking to the history of her ancestors and showing the innate power through the connection. Near the end of the poem, the...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 2:28 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018 9:32 am UTC

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Maya Angelou, a black woman, is writing in defiance to the way white people have written about and described the black experience. She calls the white version of black history "bitter, twisted...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 1:30 am UTC

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Most of the first seven stanzas of Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" include mention of a second-person character ("you") who oppresses the narrator. The "you" the narrator addresses is the white...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2016 1:57 pm UTC

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We can surmise (with accuracy) that the persona of the speaker in Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" is female by studying some of the images the author presents as well as the diction (word choice). In...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 7:51 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou is an African-American writer. Her ancestors had endured outrageous atrocities as slaves for centuries. Proudly, however, she calls herself as their inheritor, and, jubilantly, says...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 2:56 pm UTC

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There are many literary devices in Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise." First, she uses many similes to compare two unrelated things using "like" or "as." For example, in the first stanza, she says...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2017 8:06 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” inspires modern readers just as much today as it did when it was published in 1978. Many aspects of life in America have improved since this poem was written....

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016 7:51 pm UTC

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The predominant theme in this inspiring poem is pride. The speaker is clearly proud of her identity and expresses this by conveying her positive self-esteem in various ways throughout the poem. For...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2018 1:47 pm UTC

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Resilience is the quality of withstanding hardship and bouncing back. In “Still I Rise,” Angelou’s speaker compares herself to various elements of nature with similes. A simile is "a figure of...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2012 8:21 pm UTC

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The use of repetition as a literary device at the beginning of a sentence is called anaphora, and it is usually used to stress a point or to give emphasis to an idea or thought. In this case, Maya...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2016 7:53 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou’s poem, ‘Still I Rise” chronicles her ancestors' feelings and the legacy of slavery and oppression until she chooses to rise above the history of the past. She inherits from her...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016 11:50 pm UTC

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Each of the questions in "Still I Rise" alludes to a quality that an oppressed people are supposed not to have or are told they must not possess: "sassiness," "haughtiness," "sexiness," and the...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019 4:35 am UTC

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The language of this poem is carefully chosen to provoke and challenge. Angelou's choice to address the reader directly, as "you," lends her words more weight: she is asking the reader on a direct...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018 7:47 am UTC

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There are a couple of different ways we can talk about the “genre” of a poem. The two main ways of classifying poetry are by its subject matter and by its form; often these are linked. For example,...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019 9:05 am UTC

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One technique that Angelou uses in "Still I Rise" is a tone that confronts inequality in a direct manner. Upon reading "Still I Rise," it is clear that the poem's speaker does not accept...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 8:51 am UTC

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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,...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020 9:46 pm UTC

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From the diction to the images created, the poem "Still I Rise" is full of "sassiness" as Maya Angelou calls it. The word "sassy" itself has different meanings. It can mean "rude and insolent" or...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2015 3:24 pm UTC

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The entire poem is about equality, specifically between the speaker and audience but also more generally of the kind of person the speaker represents. The poem suggests a female speaker but...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 3:04 am UTC

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Maya Angelou uses the words ‘you’ and ‘your’ fifteen times in her poem “Still I Rise.” “You” certainly stands for the white oppressors of the black people. The fact that Angelou was a black woman...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2015 2:05 pm UTC

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The speaker’s attitude is complex, and sometimes contradictory, as she takes the reader through her imagined conversation with the listener, until finally thanking her “ancestors” for their...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019 2:30 am UTC

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Among the themes of Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" are oppression and resilience in the face of said oppression. The poem is the speaker's reaction to both racial and sexual discrimination. It...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020 11:14 pm UTC

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