Maya Angelouborn inlived through some of the worst oppression and inequality for African American people. Although slavery had been long abolished, Angelou saw its effects on society and the African American people.
Jump to navigation Jump to search Angelou was an Afro-American and because of her nationality she experienced discrimination and was aware of the way the society looked at people like her. But Angelou was very proud of herself and wanted the world to see it.
She was not afraid of speaking in public, she used to do so to help others that were the victims of discrimination.
She was also fighting for the women, she wanted women to have the same rights as men. The poem is like a ballad, it is a free verse narrative. There are no conventional rhymes, just some sporadically important ones. The persona speaks directly in a personal voice first person singular.
The poem seems to have a refrain — four last lines in every stanza are the same. It is something that is very often used in poems and songs.
Angelou could have been inspired by her background in dance as the poem seems to have some musical aspect there is a set rhyme scheme and the refrain. The poem seems to be like a liberated women, it is free from any norms, poetic norms especially.
One of the devices Angelou uses is imagery. The other aspect worth mentioning is the fact that Angelou in her poem is being ironic, we can not say we do not see that the irony is present in this poem.
They all have the same number of syllables, maybe it is something that would be associated with the musical aspect of the poem or the poet did it on purpose just to make those lines with the explanations what makes her beautiful, stronger and very clear to the readers. There is a glossary of the terms that appear in the analysis and interpretation of the poem.
Assonance The repetition of vowel sounds without repeating consonants; sometimes called vowel rhyme. Asyndeton is a figure of speech in which one or several conjunctions are omitted from a series of related clauses.
Ballad A popular narrative song passed down orally. In the English tradition, it usually follows a form of rhymed abcb quatrains alternating four-stress and three-stress lines. Epanaphora a rhetorical device consisting of repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive sentences. Epiphora is the repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.
It is also known as epistrophe and occasionally as antistrophe. It is a figure of speech and the counterpart of anaphora. It is an extremely emphatic device because of the emphasis placed on the last word in a phrase or sentence. Free verse Nonmetrical, nonrhyming lines that closely follow the natural rhythms of speech.
A regular pattern of sound or rhythm may emerge in free-verse lines, but the poet does not adhere to a metrical plan in their composition. Hyperbole A figure of speech composed of a striking exaggeration. Powerful forms of imagery engage all of the senses and use metaphors to express ideas and concepts.
Irony As a literary device, irony implies a distance between what is said and what is meant. Based on the context, the reader is able to see the implied meaning in spite of the contradiction.
Refrain A phrase or line repeated at intervals within a poem, especially at the end of a stanza. The analysis and interpretation of every stanza Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. The first stanza Angelou starts by stating that pretty women are thinking what is making her look beautiful as she is not a type that would fit into the designers clothes and look good in them so that makes other women wonder.
When she explains what is her beauty she states that the other women consider her answer as lie. Now Angleou starts listing her features or describing herself to show what her answer is. It is something that she has within her reach, the span of her hips — she states it in a way to show she is proud of her hips, which is something unusual as the women that have bigger hips usually do not consider themselves beautiful and are not proud of it at all.
The last four lines in the first stanza are like a refrain, they are repeated in the next stanzas as well. It is done to make it even more clear that Angelou perceives herself as a women that is not only beautiful but smart and that she is phenomenal.
The last line in every stanza is an epiphora used to ephasize the fact that Angelou is a phenomenal woman. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. In the second stanza the persona starts with imagery considering men and the way they look at her.
She says that whenever whe walks into a place full of men, they either stand up or fall on their knees which is a hyperbole. Angelou compares men to bees and she says that whenever they see her they all surround her and they all want to get as close to her as possible.Maya Angelou's poem 'Still I Rise' is about the eternal fight of the Woman and Slavery of Humanity.
Much poetry is oblique, expressive in a way that is so personal that its . Like many reviewers of Angelou's poetry, Ellen Lippmann in her review of And Still I Rise in School Library Journal finds Angelou's prose stronger than her poetry, but found her strength more apparent in the poems in this volume than in Caged Bird.
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Page/5(88). Maya Angelou, "Phenomenal Woman"/Analysis and interpretation. From Wikibooks, open books for an open world Maya Angelou, The other aspect worth mentioning is the fact that Angelou in her poem is being ironic, we can not say we do not see that the irony is present in this poem.
She is stating that the world’s view on perfect women.
Oct 30, · Analysis of Poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou. Updated on March 6, Andrew Spacey. more. Still I Rise is included in this excellent book which has all of Maya Angelou's important poetry.
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