She knows the answers to these questions, but to ask them is to incriminate the offender. She proclaims that society cannot prevail against her even if it managed to have her killed because of its hatefulness. We had thought it was our place alone and now we knew there were others, had been others all along. The tone is very sharp, precise, even sarcastic at times. The language in this poem is not fancy and the poem as a whole is relatively simple, but I think these elements make the poem's message more powerful.
Does my sassiness upset you? It allows them to overcome the obstacles of the past and move forwards. Does my haughtiness offend you? You Can imagine being shot, cut, killed by someones brutal words, stares, and hate. Photo via Poetry Foundation About : Victoria A. After he was released, he was beaten to death by a group of vigilantes—Angelou believed by her uncles. In considering the themes of affirmation of strength, confidence, and joy portrayed in the first and third sections of And Still I Rise, it's important to know that Angelou was raped at the age of eight, and struggled all her young life to rebuild her own self-image and confidence. But it followed them both.
The speaker does not intend to allow the hatefulness of society or the pain of the past to stop her from becoming all that she ever dreamed of being. There are surprises in this seemingly simple work—the humor, the darkness, the sexuality. Another use of a metaphor in the last stanza relates back to the key idea of the poem. For example, how she begins speaking as a group rather than an individual; when she refers to wider concepts like the ocean, her ancestors, past, history and being the dream and hope of the slave. The main theme of this poem is discrimination. Does my sexiness upset you? No matter how much someone belittles a woman, she will still be able to walk around with pride as if she were wealthy.
She had spoken what till then had been unspoken and more—taboo. It eats upon the host. This puts an emphasis on the theme of the poem, reminding the reader of what she was trying to express at the start, when she was comparing herself to rising dust from the ground. I also agree with the overall message. The metaphor can also be described as cruelty or evil, and how things can occur unexpectedly.
Key concepts which exist within this poem included the use of smiles, imagery, symbolism, denotation, connotation and couplets. She has received numerous… 904 Words 4 Pages seminar paper will look at a poem written by Maya Angelou, Still I rise, 1978. The opening stanza introduces the central theme of strength and resiliency in the face of extreme difficulties: You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Creating a visual masterpiece to words of wisdom. The speaker knows this and she draws attention to it with this revealing, yet cutting questions.
The reason why I chose to write my essay on Still I Rise is because it has a very powerful message. One literary device Angelou uses is a simile. Angelou was prolific and her work was as varied as it was fervid. It may not be as grandiose as black slavery, but it is prevalent even in schools. The first one that is especially evident is rhyming. She knows that she is succeeded in life, in her writing, and as a woman.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. The speaker continues is a sarcastic tone as she pretends to comfort the hearer. Angelou was the first to shred the veil between euphemism and raw reality on the topic of rape. In analysing the chosen poem I will be considering the ways in which my own knowledge, experience and cultural identity might have an influence in the way I have read and interpreted the poem. Telling to be free in who you are ;fight for what you are. The order with which these words are located throughout the poem contributes greatly to the message of the poem. Try as society might to keep her oppressed, it is in her nature to rise up and stand against oppression just as it is the nature of the tides to respond to the moon.
The main symbol in that line is the rising dust. Although the message is specifically aimed at women of color, women of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds generally find Angelou's work inspiring and empowering. Did you want to see me broken? You can hear her read this at , and I recommend that, because her marvelous, mellifluous voice, with all its richness and provocative accentuations is part of the revelations of this poem, but, here it is in its entirety, from the PoemHunter. But it has the opposite effect, merely strengthening her resolve and making her rise higher than ever. Maya Angelou was not one of them. Maya Angelou wrote this poem to show oppressors that no matter what they say or do, she will keep rising up.
However, as I kept on reading, I realized I actually did like those moments where the words become harsh and unwelcoming because that is what the poem is all about: being able to rise about the negativity. The rhyme scheme of the stanzas throughout the poem is A, B, C, B; except for the last two stanzas, where it is A, B, A, B, B, B, C, B C, B, D, D, B, B, B. I love the message of this poem. It was the seventh and final volume of her autobiographical series. Angelou was raised during a period of racial discrimination.