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

Maya Angelou displays message to all people to never let anyone or anything stop you from doing something or letting you down. (CX)  She says to be positive and to stay strong. (CX) The theme of this poem is that people will push you, hurt you, and not cares about you but you have to get up with strength and positivity. (CX) No one should think that they have no hope in this world of getting to the top after they have been put down. (CX) We should have the courage and perseverance to overcome all the obstacles we face. (CX) We can all become independent and let our voices be heard. (CX) The theme applies to anyone to let them know that they have chance to actually face their fears and stands unconquered, unbroken, and undefeated. (CX) The person who has been pulled down should rise up, defeat their opponents, and make a difference in their lives and others. (CD-CX)

The author shows the speaker’s change in this poem. (IC). You can clearly see that in the first half of the poem she asks questions. (CX) “Does my sassiness upset you? Did you want to see me broken? Does my haughtiness offend you? Does my sexiness upset you?” (CX)  This indicates that she yearns approval of others. (IC) The author cares about what others think of her. (IC) In the second half of the poem you can see that the author speaks freely and with confidence. (CX)  She has stopped asking and seeking for approval and and now speaks with confidence. (CX)  She does not need the approval of other people anymore. (IC)


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