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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

  • Silver Star - 3,066 Points Dutendra Chamling (11/24/2015 3:56:00 AM)

    ....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...

    wonderful! (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
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  • Gold Star - 7,385 Points Soul Watcher (11/24/2015 2:40:00 AM)

    What a wonderful poem .. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 25 Points Narayan Lama Aviral Yatree (11/21/2015 7:38:00 PM)

    Yes, you and everyone of us must rise in the way your beautiful lines suggest. Those who have plunged into the depths of the realities of life will definitely caress your lovely lines. When one is determined to reach the top of one's real track of life, no dirt, no mud, no freezing cold, no scorching sun, no darkness and even no most challenging storms will be ever able to stop that great journey.
    Your beautiful also seems to be sparkling with the flashes of rhymes and images. There is a melodious rhythm within the lines. I really love these lines. Expect more poems from you on life. (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
  31. 31. ~ His[s]tory ~ , MS. NIVEDITA BAGCHI SPC. UK.
  32. 32. ##### Colloquy Or Quarrel. Left Vs Right , sarwar chowdhury
  33. 33. God Bless Us , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  34. 34. 0282 A Necessary Art , Michael Shepherd
  35. 35. Avoiding History , Jesse Weiner
  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. (195) Truth Untold (Oneryu) , premji premji
  40. 40. The United States, Banks, The Federal Re.. , Lonnie Hicks
  41. 41. What Is In A Language? , LLM Mbatha
  42. 42. The History Of Now , David SmithWhite
  43. 43. India , Taslima Nasrin
  44. 44. The Bible As The Oldest Egalitarian Docu.. , Lonnie Hicks
  45. 45. Actc: 2014/12: Contest Titles (2) .. , Bri Edwards
  46. 46. A Pulitzer Prize , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  47. 47. A Historical Breakfast , Russell Edson
  48. 48. Gnarled Lust , Lonnie Hicks
  49. 49. Anonymity For History? , Tara McH
  50. 50. History? , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
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