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Still I Rise

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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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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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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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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The imagery in "Still I Rise" is largely visual. This means that it describes how things look or objects that we might take in with our sense of sight (rather than our any of our other senses). In...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2021, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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In the eighth stanza, Angelou writes, I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. "Black ocean" is a metaphor, a comparison that does not use the words like or...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2021, 11:36 am (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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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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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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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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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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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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Haughtiness is a noun that refers to a kind of obvious, brazen, and contemptuous pride, and it is a quality possessed or exhibited by someone who thinks that they are superior to someone else. In...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2021, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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The mood of "Still I Rise," written in 1978, is one of defiance. The speaker, a Black woman, speaks out with confidence and triumph against the racism that has kept her and those like her down for...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021, 11:27 am (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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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 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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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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The eighth and penultimate stanza of Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" consists of these lines: Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise I'm a black...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2021, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” is a declaration of her dignity and resilience as a Black woman in the face of oppression. The rhyme scheme varies: in the first seven stanzas (each of which...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021, 8:08 pm (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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In the penultimate stanza, the speaker says that she rises "Out of the huts of history's shame ... / Up from a past that's rooted in pain" (lines 1–3). In the final stanza, she says, "I am the...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2021, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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In the sixth stanza of "Still I Rise," Maya Angelou writes about the speaker's resilience in the face of abuse and hatred: You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021, 4:34 am (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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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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The main idea in "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou is that the spirit of the Black person is unbreakable and that it will always return, renew, and revive itself, no matter what is done to the...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021, 7:49 pm (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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The author's purpose in writing "Still I Rise" seems to be to address a white audience, (the "you" addressed by the speaker) who might not typically listen to a Black woman, like the speaker of...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2021, 12:19 pm (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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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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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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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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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 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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Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise,” from the similarly titles collection And Still I Rise, is brimming with images of resilience. Every stanza is an example of the level of resilience she...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020, 9:38 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 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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The collective "you" the speaker addresses in the poem are white people—and in particular, white racists—who have tried to hold Black people down. The poet is addressing such people in a defiant,...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021, 12:15 pm (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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Maya Angelou uses a number of literary devices in "Still I Rise." These include apostrophe, which occurs when the poem's speaker directly addresses an absent person or thing. Throughout the poem,...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2021, 11:24 am (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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Both Maya Angelou's poem “Still I Rise” and Kate Chopin's “The Story of an Hour” deal with inequalities and people's responses to them. In the poem, the speaker presents the oppression of her...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021, 4:34 pm (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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The phrase "the gifts that my ancestors gave" appears in the final stanza of "Still I Rise," following the lines Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that’s wondrously...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2021, 2:04 pm (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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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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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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