What tone does Maya Angelou use in her poem "Still I Rise"?

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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 adversity. She knows that her adversaries want to see her "broken," left in the shadows of history's "shame." Yet she makes it clear that no matter the conflict or efforts to diminish her spirit, she will always rise up again.

She sometimes uses similes to convey this determination:

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides

The speaker turns to the constancy of nature to reflect her own resiliency. The moon and soon can be counted on to appear in the same places in the sky, following the same patterns through day and night as they mark the time in our lives with unending regularity. The speaker conveys that her own determination is just as faithful, a constant part of her spirit that is relentless in its dependability.

She also relies on repetition to convey the tone. In the last two stanzas, the...

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