Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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

  • (5/19/2018 2:35:00 AM)


    This is my all time favourite poem
    I resite to my kids
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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (5/19/2018 1:31:00 AM)


    A great masterpiece.....and very emotional as well (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2018 12:35:00 AM)


    So beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2018 12:56:00 AM)


    WOW - superbly written

    Out of the huts of history's shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that's rooted in pain
    I rise
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  • (5/15/2018 12:50:00 PM)


    This poem is my favorite poem.you are sooooo good at writing poems (Report) Reply

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  • (5/15/2018 8:57:00 AM)


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  • (5/9/2018 6:30:00 PM)


    How many stanza's are in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2018 11:48:00 AM)


    wow awesome poem, I loved it keep up the good work. (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2018 10:20:00 AM)


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  • (5/3/2018 11:59:00 AM)


    No words to say about still i rise. Kind of inspiration and self esteem it gives is beyond words.. (Report) Reply

  • (5/1/2018 5:43:00 PM)


    wow that's all your getting (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2018 6:15:00 AM)


    I love this poem but I am confused which is the correct official version? (Report) Reply

    (5/4/2018 9:01:00 AM)

    I’ve heard a different version of her reciting it.

  • (4/28/2018 8:02:00 AM)


    Cool piece. (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2018 10:45:00 AM)


    Well.......I like it (Report) Reply

  • (4/25/2018 2:51:00 AM)


    It sounds sweet when reading (Report) Reply

  • (4/22/2018 1:34:00 PM)


    Always inspiring. (Report) Reply

  • (4/22/2018 6:12:00 AM)


    still i rise! its an up lifting poem that up lifted my soul knowing that i should never allow anything to break me.
    still i rise
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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/20/2018 10:45:00 AM)


    I rise I rise I rise. Nice poem.Well expressed. (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2018 12:52:00 PM)


    i love this poem its amazing..... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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