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