My Thoughts about Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”

Resilience is the ability to recover from difficulty. (IC) This is the theme of the inspiring poem, “Still I Rise”. (IC) Everyone has experienced personal heights and faults, but it takes a courageous and unyielding individual to get up and continue to face these everyday struggles. (CD)

In the poem, we can see the speaker undergo a change of the understanding of her identity. (IC) In the first half of the poem, the speaker is a helpless victim who is concerned about how others perceive her. (CX) She is asking for approval from the oppressor. (IC) However, she soon finds a voice and becomes more self-assured and confident. (IC) This is displayed in the poem as the speaker replaces the words “I’ll rise” to “I rise”. (IC)

It is not necessary for one to have experienced tragedy in their life in order to create meaningful poetry. (IC) Having experienced tragedy would definitely allow for a deeper relationship with the words and would allow for the reader to be able to feel what the speaker feels in a more concrete way. (CD-CX) Maya Angelou wrote this beautiful poem and it is partly because she put so much emotion into it because she experienced tragedy. (CD)

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