Literary Uses Of Rhymes In Maya Angelou's Poem

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Register to read the introduction… Throughout the poem, the author uses an A-B-C-B rhyme scheme. This effect brings attention to the last words of the second and fourth lines. For example, in the poem it reads “You may write me down in history, with your bitter twisted lies, you may tread me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise” (Angelou1-4). This rhyme emphasizes the words “lies” (Angelou 1) and “rise” (Angelou 4). These two words are important because even when Caucasian people made lies about the African Americans and how they weren’t the same social class, Maya was able to rise above these standards to accept herself even when no other race did. The rhyme of these two words let the reader understand that there is a connection between the two words. Without the rhyme, they would not have been as noticeable, which is why it’s important to use this literary device to highlight connecting words. Also, at the end of the poem, the author begins to change the rhyme scheme of the poem, creating two lines that rhyme right after another. This change in rhyme scheme brings attention to the words that are being used. The two lines used are “Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave” (Angelou 39-40). The rhyme here brings attention to not just the two words, but the sentences before them. She is telling her readers that she is bringing hope and positivity to her fellow African Americans. Her …show more content…
In the poem, Maya writes “I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide” (Angelou 33). The comparison of Maya to a black ocean, leaping and wide, indicates that she is deep, meaningful, giving off a sense of fear and evil. This is how she describes herself and her race because that’s how other races make her feel. The “black ocean” symbolizes the cruelty that has been brought on to her and all African Americans throughout the years. Having this metaphor helps the reader want to get a deeper meaning of just the words. The metaphor adds flavor to the stanza, creating the reader to be more interested. These words encourage the audience to use their imagination to interpret what is being said. Metaphors are very important in poems because they emphasize main ideas secretly and that’s why they have a great effect on

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