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Still I Rise
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Maya Angelou (Bloom's Major Poets)
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By writing this at the end of the stanzas Angelou always brings the poem back to the idea of rising up and moving forward to a positive future. This grounds the meaning of the poem in a single purpose: the positive affirmation that no matter the oppression, prejudice, hate, etc. It empowers them to rise, just like Angelou has done. Angelou has gone from wanting to rise to rising, and shows her readers they can do the same. This past has illustrated the strength of her culture to her and has inspired her to be strong and rise up against oppression she faces.
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Its flight makes you jealous but does not stop it from rising. While the poem is emotional in tone and evokes defiant or rather rebellious feelings, it has a larger appeal that is everlasting. The appeal lies in the use of simple words for creation of universal meaning. The poem rebukes and scorns those who have wanted to see blacks as slaves and hits angrily but is still romantic. This is what makes the piece attractive — the element of romantic fury and defiant emotions in it.
Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries? Does my haughtiness offend you?