Maya Angelou "Still I Rise"

By: Vivian Doan

Poetry One Pager

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The picture shows a sun rising.

Key Words

The 5 most powerful words in the poem " Still I Rise" is lies, hatefulness, shame, fear, and rise. These are important, because it tells us what the people felt like or were doing, and it also shows the ones that didn't care what they did to them, they ignored it, they stood up for it, and rised.

Key Phrases/Lines

The lines that were most important in this poem is "Does my sassiness upset you?" The other important line in this poem is "... but just like life, I'll rise." These two lines are important, because they show all those "slaves" were able to fight against those who hurt them. They also were able to get up slowly knowing that they can make it through this time in history.

Poetic Device

A poetic device used in the poem is repetition. An example from the poem is

"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?

Just 'cause I walk as if I have oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like suns and like moons,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I 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 sassiness upset you?

Don't take it so hard

Just 'cause I laugh as if I have gold mines

Diggin' in my own backyard.

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.

Out of the huts of history's shame

I rise

Up from a past rotted in pain

I rise

A black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak miraculously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the hope and the dream of the slave.

And so, naturally, there I go rising."

The repetition in the poem "rise" helps the meaning of the theme that she will rise from everything they had did to her, and emphasizes that she will get back up form the danger, and fear.


The theme of the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou is to when people give you pain and challenging things, you need to get back up and have the courage to rise. You need to face it, and fight against it.