The speaker is the only person talking in the poem which is the poet Maya Angelou. However, there is no other characters in the poem except the speaker which is Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou in her poem “still I rise” speaks from her perspective; she is proud African American woman. Therefore, Maya Angelou shows assertiveness and confident with who she is.Maya Angelou also addresses a third person; we can notice that in the much use of the pronoun “you” , those people are the white oppressors, in order to challenge them and not allow them to make her down and to answer her questions.
Maya Angelou’s poem is considered as an autobiographical poetry; in which Maya Angelou expresses her strong feelings and shows her challenge to those who underestimate her abilities and her being.Maya Angelou discuses themes of racism, prejudice, and discrimination in her poem by her voice; the message of the poem is very meaningful and affective, and it is portrayed throughout the eyes of a black woman suffered from discrimination. “Still I rise” is a poem relates to anyone experiences racism, stereotypes due to her race.Poetic devicesWe notice in the poem still I rise that Maya Angelou applied many literary devices, in order to make her poem powerful and meaningful. Therefore, sending her message successfully to the readers and the addressing people. We will not speak about all the poetic devices used in the poem because of her large number, but we choses to cover the most important ones which are: Repetition, Rhyme, Symbolism, Imagery, Hyperbole, Metaphor, Rhetorical question.RepetitionIn the poemof Maya Angelou “still I rise”; we can notice the repetition of the word “still I will rise” throughout the poem.
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This is reveals that no matter the circumstances, we must always be strong and not give up under any situation, we must stand up in the face of the white oppressors and display our strength and potential, and what we are able to do because of our faith and confident.According to” Still I rise” repetition meansrepeating word, stanza, phrase, sound, syllable, sentence, or line Same things over and over throughout the poetry.Example:Throughout the poem, the poet continues to use “still…I’ll rise.
” This is a repetition because it is using the same phrase over and over .This tells us that no matter what happens, “I” will always rise. Emphasize how much hope and confidence she has despite the hardships (“Still I rise”).You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise( “Still I rise” ).