What does Angelou compare her hope to in "Still I Rise"?

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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 and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Her hopes are like the moon, the sun, and tides. What do these things have in common? They are constants. The moon is always above us. The sun always rises. The tide always comes in. Hence, these are things that can be depended on, never questioned.

Like the moon, sun, and tide, the speaker knows that her hope will always soar high with a constancy resembling these natural images. Regardless of the lies that are told about her or the efforts of others to "trod [her] in the very dirt," she will bounce back with hope and rise above every difficult situation.

Choosing these particular objects also reinforces that it is only natural that her hopes remain through difficult situations, because each of these three...

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