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

Maya Angelou is a great American poet and storywriter. (IC) She is one of the most renown and influential voices of our time. (IC) Her works are celebrated across the globe. (IC) Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. (IC) She then moved to Stamps, Arkansas where she experienced the brutality of racial discrimination. (CX) During this time, Angelou learned a lot about African American culture and traditions. (IC) Her experiences led her to write “Still I Rise,” one of the best poems on the globe. (IC)

Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise” has a very unique theme. (IC) It studies the aspects of identity and maturity. (IC) In the middle of the poem, the author goes through an identity change. (IC) She seems to be more free and says whatever she wants. (CX) There is also something to be noticed in the formatting of the poem. (IC) In the beginning, the author is following a rhyme scheme. (IC) In the middle of the poem, however, the author breaks this rhyme sequence. (IC) This shows the author has gained independence. (IC) This point also shows how the author’s identity changes in the middle of the poem. (CX)

Throughout her life, Angelou experienced many hardships and difficulties. (IC) This is shown in her poem as well. (IC) If Angelou had not experienced these hardships and difficulties, “Still I Rise” would have less meaning and emotion. (CX) I believe that it was necessary for the author to experience these events in order to make the poem meaningful. (CX)

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