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Still I Rise - Poem by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

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.
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.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


Comments about Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

  • Bronze Star - 2,085 Points Rahman Henry (9/4/2015 11:45:00 AM)

    In 2010, When I've translated her poem Sill I rise'', she was alive. Now she is no more. But I like her works, like to translate them into Bengali (my native language) , my native readers enjoy a lot her works in Bengali. May her soul rest in peace. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,417 Points Curtis Johnson (8/29/2015 11:47:00 AM)

    We all must rise together, or we fall one by one. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,085 Points Rahman Henry (8/24/2015 1:52:00 AM)

    So inspiring! Logically rated. It is a memorable poem. (Report) Reply

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Poems About History

  1. 1. Still I Rise , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. Ancient History , Siegfried Sassoon
  3. 3. History , Robert Lowell
  4. 4. A Summary History Of Lord Clive , William Topaz McGonagall
  5. 5. In Flanders Field , John McCrae
  6. 6. The Sea Is History , Derek Walcott
  7. 7. While History's Muse , Thomas Moore
  8. 8. Casabianca , Felicia Dorothea Hemans
  9. 9. Boston , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. 10. Yesterday Is History , Emily Dickinson
  11. 11. The Battle Of Lexington , Sidney Lanier
  12. 12. Witchcraft Was Hung, In History , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. The Star-Spangled Banner , Francis Scott Key
  14. 14. Battle Of The Baltic, The , Thomas Campbell
  15. 15. The Eve Of Waterloo , George Gordon Byron
  16. 16. The Battle Of Salamis , Aeschylus
  17. 17. Song Of Marion's Men , William Cullen Bryant
  18. 18. The Battle Of New Orleans , Thomas Dunn English
  19. 19. The Littlle Black-Eyed Rebel , Will McKendree Carleton
  20. 20. The Cumberland , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  21. 21. Ivry , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  22. 22. Of History And Hope , Stanley Miller Williams
  23. 23. Learning From History , David Ferry
  24. 24. Secret History , Charles Simic
  25. 25. American History , Michael Steven Harper
  26. 26. Outside History , Eavan Boland
  27. 27. Meeting History , Raymond A. Foss
  28. 28. The Birthday Of The World , Marge Piercy
  29. 29. Forgotten History , Raymond A. Foss
  30. 30. History , Carol Ann Duffy
  31. 31. Matriot Acts, Act I [history Of Mankind] , Anne Waldman
  32. 32. ##### Colloquy Or Quarrel. Left Vs Right , sarwar chowdhury
  33. 33. ~ His[s]tory ~ , MS. NIVEDITA BAGCHI SPC. UK.
  34. 34. God Bless Us , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  35. 35. 0282 A Necessary Art , Michael Shepherd
  36. 36. Limerick: There Was A Young Person Whose.. , Edward Lear
  37. 37. ' ' ' History Lesson For A Schoolteacher , Dónall Dempsey
  38. 38. Life At Obelisk , hasmukh amathalal
  39. 39. Avoiding History , Jesse Weiner
  40. 40. The History Of Now , David SmithWhite
  41. 41. The United States, Banks, The Federal Re.. , Lonnie Hicks
  42. 42. A Historical Breakfast , Russell Edson
  43. 43. What Is In A Language? , LLM Mbatha
  44. 44. (195) Truth Untold (Oneryu) , premji premji
  45. 45. The Bible As The Oldest Egalitarian Docu.. , Lonnie Hicks
  46. 46. Actc: 2014/12: Contest Titles (2) .. , Bri Edwards
  47. 47. A Pulitzer Prize , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  48. 48. Gnarled Lust , Lonnie Hicks
  49. 49. Anonymity For History? , Tara McH
  50. 50. India , Taslima Nasrin
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