"Still I Rise" is one of the most renowned Poems by the black
fighter,Maya Angelou contained in the third volume of poetry " And
Still I Rise", published by Random House in 1978.
Image of the Poetess:
upliftment of Blacks.She had to go through many severe struggles in
her life for being a black citizen.But,she backed up herself & faced
all the problems with courage & claimed a great hand for the freedom
of Blacks,fighting against racism,sexism & other evils.
Maya starts her poem,stating the White supremacy at its extreme,tried
to demolish Blacks by mass propaganda.She reminds them,the valuable
contribution of Blacks in the tradition & prosperity of America.She
reports her protest against spreading the bitter,twisted lies as
Whites do by misrepresenting Blacks as savages,corrupted &
intolerant.Whatever they do,Maya echoes," But still,like dust,I'll
rise." She claims Blacks as the ones who refuse to be bowed down &
this upsets the White.
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise."
This second stanza attracts me a lot since it contains the assurance
of an upliftment of an oppressed society.The Black is rising with
promises & hopes through their own unique cultural identity,which
makes the Whites unstable.
Maya quotes a historic element of shameful slavery in the last stanza
& also speaks about the 250 years of unrequited toil of Blacks which
forms the base of America,as per Abraham Lincoln.The Poetess feels
proud of her black tradition of music & folklore & repeats the word
'Rise' a number of times,giving birth to the empowerment of them.
Maya showed the World how to cope with miseries & she can be called to
be one of the bravest Women in the World.