30 Days of Poetry Love – Maya Angelou

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Happy poetry month! It’s day four and today’s poem by Maya Angelou is one we all know or heard of.

Dr. Angelou’s “Still I Rise” is mostly written in an ask and answer format. Dr. Angelou asks the audience what they find find so offensive about the speaker. Why shouldn’t she love herself despite  the negative brush others have painted of her. And her responses are all the more empowering. Alternating between despair and hope, the poem finally ends in a rising crescendo. A crescendo of strength, triumph, determination and hope with two words:

I rise.

Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”



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