Still I Rise

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Still I Rise
Irene Lange
Intro to Humanities
Task 1

Still I Rise
Prior to beginning this assignment, I had never heard of the poem, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou. I had only recently been introduced to her and her works after she passed away in 2014. It was then that I had seen what an impact this woman had in the lives of so many people. My first reaction to the poem was that it appeared that she was being defiant. Her questioning in several paragraphs, made it seem as if she is almost taunting the reader with her responses. There is the repeating theme of her “rising” throughout the poem. In the last paragraph she addresses “slaves” which suggests that the entire poem is about racism, sexism and black rights. To me, the poem seems to make it clear that she has risen above the racism and sexism of other people and what they may think of her past or her actions.
This poem was written in 1978, and while there were no “slaves” at this point in history, there remained many areas in the south that were segregated. The women of the Post Modern Era had to work hard to defend their rights. Angelou’s works became part of the Black Power Movement of the 1970s. She was a civil rights activist and worked with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr to help improve the rights of the African American.
Maya Angelou was a remarkable woman. Into adulthood, Maya had held various job titles including “a cook, a waitress, a madam, a prostitute, a dancer, an actress, a playwright and a calypso singer.” (Grossman, 2014) It wasn’t until she was in her forties that she became an author and a poet. She is “best known for her six autobiographical volumes.”(Angelou, 2015) Maya had a troubled childhood and dealt with poverty, racism and sexual abuse. She was raped at a young age by a friend of her mothers. She eventually told her mother about the incident. Several of her male…...

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