Literary Analysis Of And Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

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Zainis Bob-Grey
Mrs. Mesiano
Honors English III, Period 8
3 March 2013
Optimism Conquers Adveristy
Discrimination and prejudice throughout American history has left behind a legacy of oppression towards minorities and women. In spite adversity and harsh circumstances Maya Angelou’s poems “And Still I Rise” and “ Phenomenal Woman” leave the reader with the impression that “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” (Victor Hugo). These optimistic, prideful poems are anthems of strength and overcoming power for minority groups, especially the African American community. Angelou depicts that hardships and struggles are able to strengthen and aid one to conquer any obstacles they may face in life.
Maya Angelou uses a multitude of literary devices throughout her writing such as, metaphors, personification, and imagery with an emphasis on rhythm and repetition to convey her message:
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. (1-4)
Angelou starts off the poem with a simile and makes a cont...
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