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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

  • Rookie - 322 Points Mizzy ........ (8/23/2016 5:02:00 PM)

    Every time I read this is like the first time. Superb poem! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 141 Points DorcusEvelyn Mbaruku (8/22/2016 3:18:00 AM)

    It gets me every time...like its written just for me what a masterpiece (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Bulelani Sivuka (8/11/2016 4:48:00 PM)

    My heart cries when I read this poem , its like am in heaven (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. Battle Of The Baltic, The , Thomas Campbell
  14. 14. The Eve Of Waterloo , George Gordon Byron
  15. 15. The Battle Of Salamis , Aeschylus
  16. 16. Song Of Marion's Men , William Cullen Bryant
  17. 17. The Battle Of New Orleans , Thomas Dunn English
  18. 18. The Littlle Black-Eyed Rebel , Will McKendree Carleton
  19. 19. The Cumberland , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  20. 20. Ivry , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  21. 21. Of History And Hope , Stanley Miller Williams
  22. 22. Learning From History , David Ferry
  23. 23. Secret History , Charles Simic
  24. 24. American History , Michael Steven Harper
  25. 25. Outside History , Eavan Boland
  26. 26. Meeting History , Raymond A Foss
  27. 27. The Birthday Of The World , Marge Piercy
  28. 28. Forgotten History , Raymond A Foss
  29. 29. History , Carol Ann Duffy
  30. 30. Matriot Acts, Act I [history Of Mankind] , Anne Waldman
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