Still I Rise Poem Analysis

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Compare and contrast the way the poets explore the theme of discrimination in ‘Disabled’ and ‘Still I Rise’.

Both poets portray the theme of discrimination expressing their memories about key moments in their lives. Owen faced World War 1 at a young age and saw enough pain and suffering for more than a lifetime. On the other hand, he still gained experience from this and shared the loneliness of discrimination with other people. Angelou, however was abused at a very young age which saw her muted for over 5 years; in this time she was isolated from everyone until she found poetry as a medium to express her thoughts and feelings about discrimination.

In both poems, discrimination has been expressed throughout their rhythm. Angelou was a woman of African descent and the reader could think very stereotypically of her using alternate rhyming couplets, because African Americans are perceived to be naturally talented in music. The lines: ‘With your bitter, twisted lies...But still, like dust, I’ll rise.’ The rhyme make the words ‘lies’ and ‘rise’ more prominent to the reader. ‘Twisted lies’ could be
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The mans arm could represent his lifespan and he has lost more than half of it due to war. It has been sewn, so now he could live on, but the scars on his arms would never let him return to his same old life again. Angelou did not have these physical injuries, however she was harassed verbally for years which lead her to lose her voice and live in a world of hatred towards her. In the middle of the poem Angelou said ‘’You may kill me with your hatefulness...’’ ‘kill’ is a very harsh metaphor for the pain she feels and she is probably implying the all that hatred is slowly killing her. By the writer using the pronoun ‘you’ could be an aggressive threat to the reader and make them feel

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