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

The theme of “Still I Rise” is that you are capable of overcoming obstacles. (CX) In the beginning of the poem, the speaker has an obstacle in the way. (IC) That obstacle is the oppressor. (CX) Then in the second half the readers see that she overcame that obstacle because she no longer speaks about the oppressor. (CX) She starts talking about her own self and we don’t see that in the beginning of the poem. (CD)

The author shows the speaker’s change by what she talks about. (CX) In the beginning half of the poem the speaker is talking about the oppressor a lot. (IC) She even needs to seek the oppressor’s  permission by asking questions. (IC) Then in the second half she doesn’t care about them because she overcame them. (CX) She starts to write about herself and not about the oppressor. (IC) Also, in the first half she uses the words “I’ll rise” and in the second half she uses “I rise”. (CD)

I don’t think it is necessary to experience horrible tragedy to write meaningful poetry, but for some it is necessary. (CD) Some authors need tragedy to write poems because they need to experience it to write about it. (CD) Other writers don’t need to experience it and just have to visualize it to write about it. (CD) So it varies from writer to writer. (IC) But I would say most authors would need to experience horrible tragedy to write meaningful poetry because only a few don’t need to. (CD)

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