The couplet at the end of the poem (lines 13-14) serves as a separation between the rest of the stanza. This is shown through their own separate rhyme scheme, as well as it being indented from the rest of the poem. This is developing the attitude of the author by providing a complex situation between sadness and love. The speaker talks about a “wink” per say in a relationship, but then immediately goes into her “blazing eyes”. Two metaphors are also mentioned in lines 5 and 10.
In both, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver’s “The Journey”, the speaker utilizes a different style of diction and figurative language in order to appeal to their different audiences regarding two similar yet different subjects. Both poems ultimately suggests one to fight against matters that are deemed oppressive in order to move towards a brighter future although their purpose is depicted differently. This message is effectively delivered through the use of different methods of tone: Angelou utilizes a sarcastic and defiant tone, whereas Oliver settles on a more troubled and assured tone. In Maya Angelou’s poem, Angelou has no problem criticizing society for its discrimination between race and gender and promptly lays out a suggestion
Because of the time period this poem was written in, I believe the dialogue occurs between a man and a woman who are attempting to understand one another 's perspective on their shared relationship. Differences in the tone and manner of voice are extremely apparent throughout the entirety of the poem. I believe the woman is struggling to communicate her intimate feelings to her male counterpart because the male is not reciprocating the same affection towards her. This can be seen in the first line of the poem where the two say: “‘I thought you loved me. ' 'No, it was only fun. '”
Most poems are written by men, yet this poem was written by a woman. It is a story about how her husband left her. She has no idea why and she wants to know why it had to happen to her. At first, she wants him to be happy, but hten she doesn’t. She realizes that if he left her and left her to lament and mourn, then he shouldn’t be able to be happy either.
The stanza begins with a tone of confusion or indecision as the speaker moves “Between Her final Room/ And Rooms where Those to be alive”, representing the struggle of coping with death as one is greatly impacted with the death but must try to move on and continue living (10-11). This confusion and indecision turns into accusation as “tomorrow were, a Blame” and the speaker searches for a reason for the death and the turmoil that they are faced with (12). This transforms into a jealousy for the dying woman as “Others could exist/ While She must finish quite” (13-14) The speaker believes that once the woman is dead, they will be unable to truly life and simply exist. This produces a sense of jealousy as the speaker feels that he/she is left to mourn forever while the dying woman finds
Compound this strange rhythmic scheme with a fairly even meter, and around ten syllables to each line, and the speaker creates a sound of guided calamity through the poem. The sentence structure also varies wildly, with some exclamations such as “Desire, desire!” (line 5) breaking up the flow of thought from the speaker. Thus, the speaker’s form somewhat vacillates and is difficult to clearly define, only being coherent in the way that it is
After reading through “Still I Rise,” by Maya Angelou, one can identify many different poetic devices that support the theme, however, there are three devices that clearly and concisely get the author’s point across: rhetorical questions, personification, and repetition. The theme that these devices support is a message of pride and strength found inside both the individual and the community. In addition to the theme, Angelou voices her happiness and courage that she has regarding her heritage and race, because to her, being African-American is nothing to be ashamed about. Through the use of rhetorical questions, Angelou draws attention to why others react to her the way that they do, with hate and discrimination. In asking these questions,
In a male-dominated world, women can express their feelings through poetry, books, journals, and so on… The two poems that particularly stood out the most are ones done by Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” and Silvia Plath’s “Daddy.” In the time period Maya Angelou and Silvia Plath lived, they both lived through oppression and discrimination due to being a female in a world run and influenced by men. Although “Still I Rise” and “Daddy” both explore persecution and discrimination, they use linguistic techniques and use different allegorical language to summon inferior sentiment, collocated with enraged and wrathful tone that contribute to the repetitious sound.
There are hints to the poem’s meaning, which is a Villanelle. There are 19 lines, divided into five stanzas of three lines and one of four. The first and third lines of the first stanza are repeated at the end of the other stanzas. The second line of every stanza rhymes with the others, and the poem ends with a rhyming couplet – another repetition of lines one and three. This strict form can represent Auden’s desire to have the same level of control over his life, which is far less organized.
In “Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou describes the shift from her past to her present life, creating a confident, passionate, and hopeful speaker in order to suggest to the reader that self-respect, confidence, and a strong will allow oneself to overcome the difficulties in life. The image of her past, with a “bowed head and lowered eyes,” along with falling shoulders “weakened by soulful cries,” compared to her shift to the present, “leaving behind nights of terror and fear” to “a daybreak that’s wondrously clear” conveys a strong sense of uplifting and great passion because the reader can see that the author utilizes a set of powerful words and phrases to convey her arduous journey in turning her distressing early life into one that was more
The language style the poet speaks is informal suggesting that the poet is telling a story. During the whole of the poem the tone of speaker’s attitude gives is almost frightening, and bizarre feeling after reading. Making you question what the author was thinking. Four stanzas with a rhyme scheme of a,b ,b, c, c, d, d, e, e, f, f, g, g, h, h, l, l, are what
Structurally, the poem is rather straightforward. An ABAB rhyme scheme is found throughout the entire poem, and the stanzas are all four lines each with a similar number of syllables. The rather uniform pattern reflects Yeats’ more sophisticated style that he perfected during his time with the Rhymers’ Club. Diction and sentence structure are not overly complex, but effective in describing the speaker’s emotions and the setting. The images are vividly descriptive, and their fluidity also hints that