Maya Angelou Essay

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'Still I Rise' by Maya Angelou: the poem

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 back yard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me
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What impression does Maya Angelou leave us with at the end of the poem?

GCSE English Blended Poetry

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Viewpoint
Who is 'I' in this poem?

Who is 'you' in this poem?

Ideas and Themes
What themes do you see in the poem?

GCSE English Blended Poetry

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Language and Style
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