What Is the Meaning of "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou?


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This poem is about the feelings of a strong black woman who faces oppression and poverty. Despite the graveness of her situation, she refuses to behave submissively towards her oppressors.

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The author writes of the lies and hatred of her oppressors, likening their behavior to pushing her into the dirt. By refusing to act ashamed and upset, she denies her oppressors the satisfaction they hoped to derive from their racist and sexist actions.

She describes herself as sassy and acting as confident as if she were a rich person. She expresses her belief that the victory of the oppressed black women is as inevitable as the movements of the sun, the moon or the turning of the tides. Using her moral strength, she rises above the situation she is pushed into.

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