Literary Analysis Of 'Still I Rise' By Maya Angelou

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The poem “Still I rise” written by Maya Angelou tells of the struggles that minorities went through in the civil right movement. Maya Angelou has written this poem to help the audience understand a strong message within the poem. The civil rights movement was a nonviolent protest and a civil rejection against the rules to bring about a change. Maya angelou joined the Harlem Writers Guild and the co-organized Cabaret for Freedom, in hopes to become apart of the civil rights and black nationalist movement (Finn and English). In the poem “Still I rise” Maya Angelou uses metaphor, diction and repetition to create the tone of self-confidence. The use of metaphor reveals the tone of self-confidence by demonstrating the goals of the civil rights movement and their ambition to keep moving forward. By showing the differences between the white people and the civil right movement, Angelou reveals motive of the movement. The civil rights movement was characterised by self confidence and strike for success and passion; They ignored the negative comments by the white people by focusing on their main objective, to rise. Their movement is acknowledged by their hopes to rise “like dust, I’ll rise” (l 4). The fact that they’re going to…show more content…
Angelou does that by using a varied word choice as for instance “sexiness” (l 25). She wants us to feel startled and amazed over how the black people “dance”(l 27) like “diamonds” (l 27), considering the tackle that they’ve overcome. She wants us to remind the bad memories and prove that she has become “the dream” and “the hope” of the terrible regime. Furthermore, Maya Angelou takes the past into an advantage by reminding the white society on their mistakes. The dream being the goal and the hope being the change. Angelou tries to show us the tone of self-confidence through displaying the achievements that the white people has
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