What Word Choices are used in the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou & what is the style Maya Angelou uses for her poem?

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Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" is a passionate, reflective work by one of the most well known American poets of the century. In both its word choice and style, the reader finds a mixture of contradiction and repetition. Throughout, the poem conveys a feeling of victory over obstacles and a continuing will to live and thrive.

Angelou carefully balanced angry, bitter word choice with sarcastic, self-assured wording so that the tone of the poem illustrates a resilient spirit. 

Angelou's word choice is emotion-filled and assertive.

Shoulders falling down like teardrops, 

Weakened by my soulful cries.

However, her emotional word choice is often countered by spirited, cheeky rebuttals. 

'Cause I laugh like I've got goldmines

Diggin' in my own backyard.

The style of the poem is a mix of both humor and pathos, meant to evoke both amusement and sadness in the reader. This rhyming poem is written in stanzas that contain a mix of other devices such as simile and alliteration. The 

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