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"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

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Transcript of "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
Analysis Summary
Maya Angelou is the Persona.
She speaks to her audience about:
Racism
Sexism
Criticism
Personal Obstacles
This poem is historically rooted with the mentions of slavery.
She is speaking in the present having overcome all of the hardships.
Poetic Devices
Repetition
Rhyme
Another 2 poetic devices in the poem
Symbolism
Imagery
The last 3 poetic devices
Hyperbole
Metaphor
Rhetorical Question
In, Conclusion
Although the author is living in a tough age for black women, she is able to endure them by her great confidence and hope. From her poem, we can learn that no matter what situation you are in, there's always hope.
Repetition
Repetition is a word, stanza, phrase, sound, syllable, sentence or line that is repeated.

Repetition in the Poem
Throughout the poem, the poet continues to use "still... I'll rise."
This tells us that no matter what happens, "I" will always rise.
This emphasizes how much hope and confidence she has despite the hardships she has experienced.
Rhyme
Usually placed in the end of each line.
Correspondence of sound between words or the ending part of words.
Gives the reader clues of the meaning of the poem.
Rhyme within the Poem
If read carefully, you can easily find whether it is a rhyme or not:
lies and rise
gloom and room
tides and rise
eyes and cries
hard and yard
eyes and rise
Symbolism
An object or an action that stands more than itself, representing something beyond.
Symbolism within the poem
"I Rise"
Rise originally means to move upward or stand up.
In the text, this word shows that no matter how down you might feel, you can always stand up again and get back on track.
Imagery
Visually Descriptive about a scene.
Purpose: create vivid image of descriptions.
Imagery within the Poem
"I've got oil wells pumping in my living room"
Oil wells are very valuable -> rich
Represents confidence the poet has in herself.

Rhetorical Question within the poem
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
Did you want to see me broken?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Does my sexiness upset you?
Hyperbole
Exaggerated statements or claims.
Not meant to be taken literally.
Used for emphasizing.
Hyperbole within the poem
The poet mentioning shooting, cutting, and killing and related to words, eyes, and hatefulness.
Used these powerful words to describe how brutal "you" were treating "me" and how "I" still endure it.
This emphasizes the brutal treatment.
Metaphor
A word or a phrase that is applied to an object or an action using "is."
Directly compares two objects that seems unrelated.
Metaphor within the poem
The poet is comparing "me" and " black ocean."
Just like how the black ocean is full of fear and terror, "I" spent her like enduring all the rough times.
Rhetorical Question
A question asked for an effect that doesn't require an answer.
Rhetorical Question within the Poem
These five questions show the poet's agony towards "you."
It sounds like the poet is asking if "you" are jealous of her or not.
The question adds more emotions in each stanza. It adds for effect.
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