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Still I Rise              

by Maya Angelou


You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.


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.


Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.


Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?


Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don't you take it awful hard

'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines

Diggin' in my own backyard.


You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I'll rise.


Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I've got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?


Out of the huts of history's shame

I rise

Up from a past that's rooted in pain

I rise

I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.


Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.


The message within the poem.  The questions below are aimed at helping you get the MEANING of this poem. 

  1. What does the title mean? no what matter what you do she still will rise
  2. Why would someone with such a difficult childhood be able to say “Still I Rise”? she was able to say she will still rise she had good famliy
  3. What words support the idea that the author has had a difficult childhood? she uses words that tell you that she had a hard life
  4. To whom is the poet writing?she is talking to the people that are talking about her
  5. What does the poet mean, “I’ll rise,” and what is the impact of the repetition of this phrase?she wants them to no no matter what she will rise over what ever happens her 
  6. Why does the author ask questions of the reader?to get you invoved in the poem,
  7. What is a key word in each stanza? the key words are soulful ,bitter,gloom
  8. What words does she use tshehat reflect her personal style?the fact that she uses the word haughtiness
  9. Find a picture for each stanza to reinforce the power and message of the poem. 

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,I am the dream and the hope of the slave. i rise


    Repetition - I Rise 

    RHYME_Welling and swelling

    SYMBOLISM- haughtiness VAIN

    IMAGERY- CAN SEE slaves oil mines 

    Hyperbole-You may shoot me with your words

    Metaphor-That I dance like I've got diamonds

    RHETORICAL QUESTION- Does my sassiness upset you?


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