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

The poem “Still I Rise,” by Maya Angelou is a very powerful poem about identity. (IC) The theme of the poem is that no matter what you go through, you’ll get through it and shine. (CX) You’ll always be yourself. (IC) This is seen in the poem when Angelou says, “You may tread me in the very dirt but still, like dust, I’ll rise”. (CX) This theme applies to all humans because every single one is different. (CX) Like snowflakes, no human is exactly like another human. (IC) That is what makes this poem different from any other. (CX)

In “Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou’s tone changes about halfway through. (IC). Her tone changed from asking for the antagonist’s consent to being her own person. (IC) This could work if anyone was the author. (CX) The poem also changes by using the phrase “I will rise” then “I rise”. (IC) This represents a huge change in the authors view on life. (IC) The author goes from saying that they are going to be great, to being great. (CX) Last, the poem changes by going from a rhyme scheme to a free verse poem. (IC) This symbolizes the author breaking free from an outside force. (IC)

An author does not necessarily need a tragic life to write great poetry. (CX) Even though Angelou did have a tragic back story, any author doesn’t need to have one. (CX) An author could write about being happy or having a good life, or even just have great figurative language. (CD) An author without a tragic life could even write a poem like “Still I Rise”. (IC) The back story of an author should not contribute to how the reader views the work. (CX)

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