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"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

November 17, 2017
Maya Angelou's uplifting poem affirms the power of resilience, self-love, and joy in the face of oppression. Read the poem here.

Here are links to our lists for other works by Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Pulse of Morning
twisted
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.
tread
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.
sassy
Does my sassiness upset you?
beset
Why are you beset with gloom?
gloom
Why are you beset with gloom?
tide
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
spring
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
haughtiness
Does my haughtiness offend you?
offend
Does my haughtiness offend you?
mine
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
root
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
leap
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
well
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
swell
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
wondrous
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
ancestor
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

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