Still I Rise Maya Angelou Essay

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Have you ever been put down, and told you could not succeed? Maybe not in those exact words, but if you read between the lines there they would lay. Think about it, how many people have done that to you and succeeded in putting you down? Sometimes it may be hard, but through everything you will be able to get through it all. One of the greatest poets of our time Maya Angelou demonstrates this very well in her poem "Still I Rise". In the poem, "Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou uses literary elements such as simile, metaphor, and rhyme to convey the theme, “Rise above the cruel things said in the everyday world." In the poem, "Still I rise," Maya Angelou uses the literary element simile to help the reader realize how you can rise above all the negitive words people can say to you. "I walk like I’ve got oil wells, Pumping in my living room," Angelou is trying to tell the reader to not let anybody put you down no matter how much money you make, rich or poor, we are all priceless [LL 7-8]. She also states another simile in lines 19 through 20 by stating "'Cause I laugh like I got gold mines diggin' in my own back yard." This refers back to how much money and their rank in society based on their savings or daily makings somebody makes in life. We all know that some people, look up or look down on you depending on how much money you make. Angelou is trying to say that even if she is bankrupt, and down and out, or wealthy, and living great, "still I'll rise" [LL 12] Another literary element that Angelou uses in the poem is metaphor. The usage metaphors in the poem, "Still I Rise," help you create an image in your mind. “You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise" [LL 3-4]. This is a perfect example of a metaphor that Angelou uses in her poem. This quote is great because it’s a mentality that everybody should posess. No matter how hard someone tries to

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