Maya Angelou Essay

889 words - 4 pages

“You may write me down in history” meaning you may talk what you want about me to whomever you wish. “With your bitter, twisted lies,” change up your story; talk what you want about me. “You may trod me in the very dirt” You can even push me in the dirt and step on me. “But still, like dust, I’ll rise” But after everything, just like dust rises in the air, I’ll rise. This has to be the best part of this poem; it is clear and to the point.
“Does my sassiness upset you?” Does me being confident in myself upset you? “Why are you upset with gloom?” This line is true; people love to see others fail. “’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells pumping in my living room”. She walking like she ...view middle of the document...

“Does my sexiness upset you?” Does it upset you that she is sexy? “Does it come as a surprise that I dance like I’ve got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs?” She is basically saying are you mad that she is sexy and that she dances like she is worth more than you can afford. Does it upset you that you will never be able to afford a piece of her?
The first seven stanzas are her standing up for herself, showing how strong and confident she is. After that, she goes on talking about her ancestors history. She used couplets, speaking of her past “history’s shame, up from a pasts that’s rooted in pain”,” I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide, welling and swelling I bear the tide “ , and goes on. After every sentence she states “I rise”. “Leaving behind nights of terror and fear. Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear.” The main line is: “Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise, I rise, I rise. “After the last sentence, it lets the readers know her reasons of why she is above the rest and that everyone else can do it as well.
Maya Angelous writing is wonderful and inspiring. She is very clear and blunt about what she is trying to make a point of. The way she uses “I” throughout the poem makes it easy for anyone to connect...

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