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Still I Rise

The speaker is addressing her remarks to those white racists and bigots who've kept down black people for centuries. Such individuals have used a number of strategies to this end, from willfully...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 6:11 am 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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Angelou uses a number of similes and metaphors that convey the idea of rising. For example, she compares herself to dust that rises and to other natural phenomena, namely, the moon, the sun, and...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2017 8:55 pm UTC

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In addition to the descriptive similes and metaphors Angelou uses, she also incorporates the use of repetition, questioning, assonance, and alliteration to emphasize the ideas and themes of the...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2016 12:13 am UTC

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Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" is generally an ode to womanhood, and particularly an ode to black womanhood. The refrain throughout the poem suggests the speaker is addressing someone who has tried...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2016 10:07 pm UTC

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The poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou speaks out against oppression and injustice and proclaims the importance of confidence and self-respect. Although it is written from the perspective of the...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019 3:29 am UTC

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The overall tone of this poem is one of cool defiance. In that sense, one could say that it expresses considerable strength and fortitude. At the same time, such strength and defiance emerge out of...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019 4:57 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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Maya Angelou's impelling poem deals with the speaker's determination to proudly resist and overcome prejudice. Even though the poem specifically addresses racial and gender intolerance, its appeal...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018 9:13 am 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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That is a great question. You might think of the voice as Maya Angelou speaking for a larger group, like an ambassador or diplomat speaking for a nation, or a minister speaking for a church. The...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 1:11 am UTC

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Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" is a poem about strength and endurance, and about affirmation. It is about what is expected of a person like the speaker (in terms of controlling her), and what that...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2013 2:23 am UTC

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To be able to properly answer this question about the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou, it is important to understand what the Black Lives Matter movement is and what it stand for. According to...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020 3:06 am UTC

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A black, female speaker narrates this poem, and, historically, black women have been socially undervalued. Often, the white majority has seen them as persons of little worth. Black women are often...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 11:37 pm UTC

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Perhaps the most interesting factors connecting these reserves which the speaker claims for herself in this poem are that: 1. They all—oil, gold, and diamonds—are natural resources, developed over...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2018 9:30 am UTC

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What exactly are you looking for? An analysis of the meaning of the poem? Do you need to point out poetic devices? The meaning: "Does my sassiness offend you?" "Does my hautiness offend you?" "Does...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010 12:00 am UTC

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"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou is the title poem of a collection she published in 1978. It addresses the issues of racial and gender oppression, seeking to subvert them through a refusal to yield...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2016 8:49 am UTC

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You are being asked to state your opinion about what you like about Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.” This means you will have to do a close reading of the poem before deciding if it has meaning...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016 6:26 pm UTC

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The speaker in the poem describes herself as someone who is powerful in every circumstance, with “diamonds” at the juncture of her thighs. She is like air because she is rising upwards, despite...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2018 6:05 am UTC

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Angelou's poem is about a person's internal strength to confront their oppressors and not surrender to them. It is important because it speaks to the resilient spirit that is in all of us. The...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2015 2:19 am UTC

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Maya Angelou’s as a writer epitomizes the intellectual black woman. Her wit and wisdom find a home in her poetry. The theme of never “giving up or in” to adversity typifies her view of the black...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2012 11:00 pm UTC

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Throughout the poem, the speaker directly addresses those who have tried to persecute and oppress her because of the color of her skin. She repeatedly says to these oppressors that while they may...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2021 11:01 am UTC

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"Still I Rise" is a great poem because of how directly the narrator speaks about the impossibility of oppressing an entire race and treating them like second-class citizens. It is also a great poem...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2019 3:57 am UTC

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The poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou is one of strength and perseverance in spite of suffering and tribulation. The words of this poem outline the option to remain on the ground when you are...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019 7:27 pm UTC

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The speaker in the poem is a black woman, either an emancipated slave, or, more likely from the date of the poem, a descendant of former slaves. We can tell this because of her reference to being...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 8:58 pm UTC

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In the first stanza, Angelou says to her detractors and oppressors, "You may trod me in the very dirt / But still, like dust, I'll rise." The metaphor of being trodden in the dirt emphasizes how...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 12:24 pm UTC

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The words ‘huts’ and ‘shame’ conjure up the discomforting sense of pitiable existence of the blacks while the word ‘history’ makes this feeling even more poignant suggesting that their sufferings...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2015 5:58 am UTC

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Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise," is a proud and defiant poem addressed to all bigots in general and racists specifically who have tried to oppress her because of the color of her skin. Maya Angelou...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 12:26 pm UTC

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The confidence that the speaker asserts in the face of adversity communicates triumph in "Still I Rise." The speaker in "Still I Rise" refuses to acquiesce to anything that tries to keep her...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 4:00 pm UTC

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The conditions present in "Still I Rise" help to construct two different visions of reality that coexist in the mind of the speaker, presumably Angelou. On one hand, there is intensity of rage...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011 4:39 pm UTC

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The adjective "imaginary" means the opposite of "real." Something that is imaginary exists only in the mind of the person "imagining" it. Related vocabulary words are the verb "imagine" which...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2015 8:34 pm UTC

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The two poems present two completely different tones and experiences which draw from the experience of slavery. In a comparison essay, I might begin with a thesis something like this: Although the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019 2:34 am UTC

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The poem "Still I Rise" suggests that Maya Angelou has faced racism and prejudice in her lifetime, and that she feels as though she has overcome it. The speaker of the poem is evidently a woman of...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019 10:22 pm UTC

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"Still I Rise" is told from the perspective of a Black woman who has endured racial prejudice and persecution. The poet, Maya Angelou, was an important proponent of the civil rights movement in the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2021 1:59 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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The main theme addressed in Maya Angelou's moving poem "Still I Rise" is the resolve of African Americans to challenge and succeed in America despite the numerous obstacles that have oppressed...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 2:53 pm UTC

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In this poem, the speaker (Maya) is addressing her oppressors (members of the current and traditionally white oppressive culture). She acknowledges how she (and her people) has been wronged, yet...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2015 9:22 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou primarily uses repetition and comparison to effectively communicate her ideas in "Still I Rise." Angelou repeats the phrase "I rise" ten times throughout the poem. Her emphasis on this...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 11:15 am UTC

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It's important to note that Angelou views resilience as her legacy. After all, she is "the dream and the hope of the slave." Her ancestors have transferred a sense of survival and the ability to...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020 3:08 am UTC

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Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise,” alludes to the ability of slaves to leave slavery behind in spite of the trials they endured. It is unspecified whether the author is speaking of a male or a...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2015 11:09 pm UTC

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The poem "Still I Rise" is the title poem of And Still I Rise, the third volume of poetry published by African American author Maya Angelou (1928-2014). It was published by Random House in 1968. It...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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First, Angelou uses apostrophe, a technique where the speaker addresses someone who is absent or cannot respond, in order to speak directly to "You"; this makes the reader feel as though they are...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 10:22 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou builds a tenacious voice for the speaker through carefully selected poetic devices and crafting a tone that features the speaker's strength. The speaker addresses an unnamed "you" who...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 1:42 am UTC

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