Poetry One Pager

By: Brinkley Bowman


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Key Words

  1. Confidence

  2. Happiness

  3. Bravery

  4. Attitude

  5. Perseverance

These words are important to the overall meaning of the poem because they tell how she acts, how she feels in the poem, and what she shows in herself in this poem. They are also important because the characterize the main character in the poem.

Most Important Phrases

The most important phrases in this poem are

"Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head an lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?"


"You can shoot me with your words:

You can cut me with your lies,

You can kill me with your hatefulness,

But just like life, I'll rise."

The tone that is created from these phrases is confidence because she talks without fear and is not scared of the person/people she is talking to. This is why these are the most important, because they show her bravery and confidence in the poem.

Poetic Device

Repetition is a poetic device in this poem. An example is "Does my sassiness upset you?". This device adds meaning to the poem by adding emphasize and confidence.

Theme Statement

The theme of this poem is being confident. All the things on this Smore show that the main character is confident when talking and is not showing fear.