And Still I Rise by Maya AngelouIn this inspiring poem, Maya Angelou celebrates the courage of the human spirit over the harshest of obstacles. An ode to the power that resides in us all to overcome the most difficult circumstances, this poem is truly an inspiration and affirmation of the faith that restores and nourishes the soul. Entwined with the vivid paintings of Diego Rivera, the renowned Mexican artist, Angelous words paint a portrait of the amazing human spirit, its quiet dignity, and pools of strength and courage.
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Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Still I Rise Summary and Analysis of "Still I Rise"
Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print. Still I Rise is a powerful, empowering poem all about the struggle to overcome prejudice and injustice. It is one of Maya Angelou's most popular poems. When read by those who understand the meaning of repeated wrongdoing, the poem becomes a kind of anthem, a beacon of hope for the oppressed and downtrodden. It is a reminder of the abuse of power by those who sit in government, the judiciary, in the military and in the police force. For members of the public, for society, it sends out the clear, repeated message of hope.
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Its flight makes you jealous but does not stop it from rising. - Stanza One: The speaker is angry. She feels that her ancestors are being antagonized in the history books and that her generation is being tied to this history and hampered in their efforts to unshackle themselves from the slavery of the past.
The speaker is Maya Angelou, as she is speaking from her own perspective and experiences as a black woman. She may not be wealthy in a financial sense, but she possesses a great wealth of spirit and hope. The speaker is not literally squashed by the oppressor, but the oppressor nonetheless tries to trample on her spirit. She will not be pierced by the harshness of his words. However, she refers to the oppressor's cruel looks as so painful and hurtful that his regard is sharp and cutting, like a knife. The oppressor's hate toward her might kill her spirit, but she will still rise above the pain. She is as strong and as majestic as the ocean, and the term "black" denotes her race.