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

I believe that the theme of Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” is self-respect. (IC) I think the theme is self-respect because she is asking questions about herself, to herself. (CX) It explains how she over comes certain things with her self-esteem and she does not let things bring her down ever. (CD) For example, in the first stanza, she says “Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room.” That shows that she is asking about herself, as if she has to get someone else’s. (CX)

Throughout the poem, the author shows the speaker’s change. (IC) She shows that because in the first half of the poem, the speaker’s self-esteem is low, and in the second half she is more confident and seems as if she doesn’t need anyone’s approval. (CD-CX) In the second half of the poem, the speaker continues to say “I rise” a lot. (CX) That shows that through it all, she rises and will not let anything stop her. (IC)

I believe in order to have a meaningful poem, you don’t have to experience tragedy, but you do have to remember where you came from to know where you are going. (CD-CX) I believe some poets have meaningful poems, but they don’t show or give insight that the author has been thought tragedies. (CD)

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