Written by Maya Angelou, “Still I rise” is an empowering and influential poem that is
mainly about overcoming injustice and prejudice. The author who was born in 1928 lived
through some worst inequality and oppression toward the African American people whom she
was. She saw the effects of such treatment on persons and decided to take some action to
empower through her limerick; that one would not permit the society’s hatefulness to define their
own success. Therefore, “Still I Rise” is not only Maya’s declaration to rise above the societal
challenges but also a call for everyone to live above what the society expects. The poet puts
confidence in somewhat like what does not kill her makes her stronger in the end; she cares not
about racism, hatred and the likes as long she knows she can still prosper and then she is capable
and beautiful too. The paragraphs below discuss the analysis of the poem in detail.
The poem speaks to the oppressed in the society, the racial minority’s fights, it revives
their dead life being they have nothing good as far as history is concerned; and although the
poem is in general to the vulnerable in the society, for this case it ignited the African Americans.
The poem, published in 1978, a time when racism was still at its heights, encourages the
discriminated. In stanza six line three, the reading goes, "You may kill me with your hatefulness"
(Angelou); together with the first stanza when says "you may tread me in the very dirt" try to
prove there is an existing prejudice.
In the poem, racism exists as seen in the above paragraph; where there is the speaker
admits prejudice and discrimination. On the other hand, a bit of ethnicity to exists; the poet talks
about her ancestry, she admits having a hut of history's shame. The article, therefore, brings life
to the struggles of racial minorities such as to have confidence in their beauty, believe in them to