Maya Angelou Still I Rise Essay

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Maya Angelou uses imagery, repetition, and metaphor. “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou which is the third volume of poetry, published in 1978. During one of the most productive periods in Angelou’s career. The poems themes focus on a hopeful determine to rise above difficulty and discouragement. Angelou’s speaks for her race and gender in many of the poems. This is probably Maya Angelou’s best-known poem, and for good reason. This poem delivers the message of the human strength and ability to overcome hurt, it relates against discrimination of races and gender; which offers hope who suffer from the same ordeal. It is a wonderfully defiant, human, uplifting cry from the deep heart of America, which tells a story that I’m sure speaks to us all.…show more content…
“Just like moons and like suns, with the certainty of tides. Just like hopes springing high, still I’ll rise.” She compares herself to the moon, sun and flowing tides. These are all things that happen every day. We know the sun will rise, we know the tides will drift in and out. These things are inevitable, just like Angelou rising up against her oppressors. She refuses to allow herself become another victim. The message that Angelou will continue to rise above the abuse is obvious in the way in which she addresses her oppressors. “Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes?” She uses rhetorical questions to brazenly ask them what they want to see. She doesn’t want to allow them see her spirit “broken”. She knows they expect her to walk around with “lowered eyes” as if she doesn’t deserve to live. She is almost arrogant in the way she asks these questions because she knows she will never succumb to their abuse. You may trod me in the very dirt”. “trod” suggests that Angelou was beaten down and stomped on by a society that wouldn’t tolerate her. She was literally treated like “dirt” as if she was nothing. Despite the horrendous abuse she suffered she stood tall and took it in her

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