Essay Still I Rise

1042 Words Jul 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Still I rise
Favorite Poem Essay
Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise is an astonishing piece of art. The reason I chose this poem is because it’s not only a poem, it’s a story. The poem is about Maya Angelou’s beliefs being a women of color about discrimination. It’s not just her personal story but a universal experience for those with an African American background. Throughout the poem, Maya Angelou uses many poetic devices to give us more in-depth meaning behind what is in the poem. These poetic devices help her poem flow, create emotion, and makes the read more interesting. The poetic devices Maya Angelou focused on throughout her poem are repetition, rhyme, metaphor, and symbols. These poetic devices work together to create an overall
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Using the statement “I rise” repeatedly allows the readers to feel the strength that Maya feels in herself and allows the reader to be able to see through her outlook on life (Angelou 30). The repetition of these two phrases have a great effect on how the reader interprets the true meaning of the words. The restatement of these words help the author emphasis how she is feeling towards the subject. Repetition is a great poetic device to use when there is significates behind the words.
Another poetic device Maya Angelou uses well in her poem is rhyme. 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.

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