What are some of the most inspiring poems ever?


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Two very inspirational poems are "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou and "If" by Rudyard Kipling. Angelou's poem deals with the oppression experienced by the African-American community. "If" is a poem about bravery, triumph, overcoming misfortune and how to become a man.

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"Still I Rise" is a poem which represents the power of the human spirit to rise above that which oppresses it. Angelou originally wrote it as a way to demonstrate the strength of the African-American experience, using lines such as "Did you want to see me broken?" and "You may kill me with your hatefulness." The poem ends on a very hopeful note through the repetition of the phrase "Still I rise."

Kipling is best known for his children's stories, but his poem "If" continues to inspire as of 2015. "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same" is a line from this poem written on the entrance to Wimbledon, serving as inspiration to the players. The poem provides a series of other spiritual and developmental challenges, such as "If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim," resulting in the final line: "Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!"

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