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still i rise Denzel

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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?the title means that no matter what happens you must still rise and move forward.
  2. Why would someone with such a difficult childhood be able to say “Still I Rise”?

They can say "Still I Rise" because they have accepted what has happened

           to them and they have moved forward from that terrible expirence.

  1. What words support the idea that the author has had a difficult childhood?Out of the huts of history's shame. I rise. Up from a past that's rooted in pain. I rise."from these words one can infer that she had a hard past.
  2. To whom is the poet writing?This poem is writen to the white people
  3. What does the poet mean, “I’ll rise,” and what is the impact of the repetition of this phrase?When the poem say "I'll rise" they mean she always gets up from her problems.The impact that repeating "I'll rise" induces that she had lots of problems.
  4. Why does the author ask questions of the reader?She asks questions to involve the reader in her expirence.
  5. What is a key word in each stanza?1st Bitter, 2nd Sasiness, 3rd Hopes, 4th cries, 5th Haughtiness, 6th "I'll rise", 7th sexiness, 8th Pain, 9th "I'll rise"
  6. What words does she use that reflect her personal style?Sassy
  7. Find a picture for each stanza to reinforce the power and message of the poem. 


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