Still I Rise Poem Summary and Line by Line Analysis by Maya Angelou in English

Introduction  The poem “Still I Rise” portrays the speaker, who is presumed to be a black woman, standing up against discrimination with courage. The speaker refuses to be intimidated and keeps rising in victory in the face of all attempts by the oppressor to “shoot,” “cut,” or “kill” her. Angelou was a devoted advocate for civil … Read more

Phenomenal Woman Analysis by Maya Angelou

‘Phenomenal Woman is one of the most “popular” poems written by the American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. It was first published in her collection ‘And Still I Rise’. This particular poem keeps featuring in the popular culture again and again because of its crowd-pleasing characteristics. Maya Angelou said that “I write for … Read more

Analysis of Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an American poet (1928-2014) known largely for her autobiographical works which express the trauma of Black lives in her country and their strength for liberation and survival. The poem ‘Still I Rise’ is a phenomenal poem read widely for its poignant and powerful narration. Angelou said, “All my work, my life, everything … Read more