But the famous civil rights activist, author and poet, Maya Angelou is not one of these people. However, the poem 'I will rise' is rather dangerous, as it might prompt the reader to interpret a lot of the comparative imagery used as a form of metaphor when, in actual fact, Angelou actually employs far more similes than metaphors. Maya Angelou uses poetic techniques in her poem to effectively express what she was trying to convey to the reader. An example of a metaphor in the poem I Will Rise, by Maya Angelou can be found in the following lines: I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. To say this, there is disrespect in the word because it seems to imply that white people view black people as less than human and not fit to even touch the soles of their shoes and thus they crush and belittle them as they figuratively step on them.
Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. After being raped at age eight and after withdrawing for a couple years, with the help and inspiration of a grade school teacher, Angelou rose to revert herself. Climax The poem grows in power and builds toward a climax that ends at the eighth stanza. The conflict is with those who want to oppress her because she is an African-American woman. Due to the mistreatments from their oppressor, many are deficient in confidence and courage. The love which is shared by the people bonds them and hence makes their hearts wrung and. Before this stanza, the speaker interrogates the oppressor and describes her people's suffering.
At first, I thought the poem was more about her struggle against racism, but it seems more like she is rising above all things negative- racism and all other struggles. Academy of American Poets, n. This effect brings attention to the last words of the second and fourth lines. She will not be pierced by the harshness of his words. Explain how this use of language helped you to understand one or more important idea in the text. This poem suggests that we can overcome difficulties in life, despite rejections and injustice.
Maya Angelou, a presence in United States society, has risen against formidable odds. And no matter the situation, you can overcome and learn from it. I thought that put more emphasis and meaning on her purpose of the poem. Maya Angelou uses several sound techniques throughout her poem. Does my sassiness upset you? I love how the words of this poem are simple, direct, and confident.
To support the tones the poet used throughout the poem, she also used a great deal of literary devices. By repeating a word, it gives the word power and significance in the poem. Angelou refers to the collective Black population that derived from humble roots and are hated and. She uses these words to express to the reader the deep pain she felt emotionally, by comparing it to physical pain. Once upon a time there was a poet who woke up and found himself turned into ''some kind of animal''.
This theme helps convey her message because at some points, when she's reading it, she laughs. Although both poems use similes to portray… Still I Rise People are often filled with shame and sorrow because they are afraid of being judged on who they are and what they look like. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. In addition, Angelou uses symbolism as a way of expressing the equality that she is trying to achieve in society. In the poem, she reveals how she will overcome anything with her self-esteem.
This author is a very good writer, I am reading her poems for the first time and I liked her poems so much. This puts an emphasis on the theme of the poem, reminding the reader of what she was trying to express at the start, when she was comparing herself to rising dust from the ground. I would say that the poem reflects the rising of the status of black people in America as well as other countries. Another poetic device Maya Angelou uses well in her poem is rhyme. Weakened by my soulful cries. Second Look at the Title When I take a second look at the title, nothing changed. The rhyming scheme for the first seven stanzas are A, B, C, and B.
I found it interesting that in each stanza, there seemed to be a positive outcome, her feeling of how she can overcome obstacles, except for stanza 4. It really shows how she has courage in herself. We find the answer to whom the poem is written about in the last stanza where it mentions 'slaves' 'ancestors' ; from this I could tell that it is a poem about the author herself who is a black African American women and the painful past of black people. Bowed head and lowered eyes? Genre Angry and triumphant, in that the speaker is angry at her oppressors but also has obvious pride in her identity as a powerful black woman. Both lines possess the same metre of five. Imagery is also apparent in each stanza.