Review of Still I Rise : by Dr. Maya Angelou

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Jessica Thomas Mimi Taylor English 1102 October 25, 2010 Still I Rise: By Dr. Maya Angelou Still I Rise by Dr. Maya Angelou is a poem about the daily struggles of the African – American culture and the ability that all humans have to overcome adversity. Dr. Angelou’s writing has a way of making one feel inspired. This poetry discusses the treatment of the African-American culture and their struggle to be treated fairly rather than be stereotyped and ridiculed. I cannot relate to the struggles of today’s African American population as I am a Caucasian, middle class suburbanite; I can relate to the abuse Dr. Angelou endured by those who hated her because she was not like them. I have never been accepted by my peers for a variety of reasons but mostly because I grew up in an abusive household. We lived in an affluent area where those kinds of things didn’t happen and if they did you kept your mouth shut. I refused to do so and have fought ever since then to prove to people that I was not simply a victim or a statistic but a human being with feelings and dreams; Someone who wanted to love others without being in fear. I struggle daily with the idea of standing up for myself without coming across as preachy or whiny. Dr. Angelou’s poems allow me to feel what she is writing about although our struggles may be different our pain is the same. The first line of the poem says “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.” (Angelou)From the first line, Dr. Angelou is fighting back with her words. She is speaking about a time period when certain people had no freedom, rights or privileges simply because their skin was a different color. It’s as if she is telling slave owners that you can own the person but not their thoughts. “Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered
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