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And Still I Rise: A Selection of Poems Read by the Author

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These new poems are powerful, distinctive and as always, full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.

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Published August 28th 2001 by Random House Audio (first published 1978)
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Maya Angelou is an inspirational figure, admired the world over for her sensitivity, passion, and advocacy of black rights; she was a vigorous activist, especially with regard to women. The world lost a remarkable influential figure when she died.

So what is her poetry actually like? The word "inspirational" is bandied around today to include all sort of cant and twaddle. I must admit to being apprehensive at the start. Although by the time this collection had been published, Maya Angelou had re
And Still I Rise

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.

Jul 20, 2009 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This was the first full book of poetry I read. I was in the fifth grade, and wrote a book report on it. When I decided to read it again, the language came back to me before I had even opened the book. Perhaps it was the connection with my own past but the poems made me cry. Even ones that were not sad, or even joyful. The language itself was enough. I have my favorites. Of course there is Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise, but I also love Country Lover and Refusal. Some of the poems I would like ...more
Kerry Taylor
Nov 14, 2012 Kerry Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and author, due to the fact I find her very inspirational.
In this book holds the key to my strengthn not Phenomenal Woman, which I find an amazing poem, and one of my favourites. And Still I rise, is an amazing example, of how life goes on. I am held, back, I struggle and still I continue, and this should be the motto for each and every woman out there, AND STILL I RISE
Jan 15, 2016 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a vibrant collection, so full of the joy and liveliness that is characteristic of Maya Angelou's writing. And Still I Rise is my favourite poem - bold, sensuous, wry, and powerful, it conveys the extraordinary personality behind this delightful little book. The poems are all striking individually, but fit together to create a beautiful tapestry of what it means to be alive.
Monica (The World thru my Eyes BLOG)
What a wonderful collection of poems!
I just love this woman, such an inspiration. Anything she wrote manages to give me a good vibe and gives me hope.
Ryan Wilkey
I really liked this book of poetry. I loved the alliteration in verses, the empowerment of Black culture, and women culture. I liked the no-holding-back attitude that Angelou always writes in. It was honestly a very powerful, and moving collection of poems.

My favorites in And Still I Rise:

"Where We Belong, A Duet"
"Phenomenal Woman"
"The Traveler"
"The Memory"
"Still I Rise"
Amanda Baird
I would use the poem “Still I Rise” from this collection. It would be read prior to Melba Pattillo Beals’s Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High as an introductory text. This work illustrates the relationship between society and minorities, such as women and African Americans. Maya Angelou communicates to her audience the same struggles encountered by Beals through her tale of constant persecution within her own hometown. I would use this po ...more
Kiley Akey
Personal Response: In my opinion this poem was very inspiring. It shows that you can overcome anything and people can judge you for everything but you need to rise above what they say. I think this is really easy to relate to in high school especially. I think many students could learn from this.

Plot: This poem is about someone who rises above what other people say about them. This girl decided that no matter what people think about her she just had to overcome what they said about her. If peop
Nov 28, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take my rating with a grain of salt because I know nothing about poetry. Each one is like trying to figure out why your gf is mad at you and I just don't have the patience.

This volume was easier to understand than other poetry books I've attempted so yay for that. Usually poems are too much work for me. You need to understand context in the authors life, the historical background of the time, cultural references. To truly understand poetry I feel I need to be familiar with poetic devices and om
Chloe Price
Nov 21, 2015 Chloe Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this poem. I love how Maya celebrates the notion of fighting the negative comments etc, which I feel is a really good reflection of not only her own life, but of everyone's. It really is a poem we can all relate to.
Travis Ristau
May 23, 2013 Travis Ristau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can now see how this poem is famous. This poem is very inspiring to the reader as it shows someone rising out of a bad situation. This person is able to overcome bad odds and still push on. I would recommend this poem to anyone who is in need of some inspiration or enjoys reading poems
Apr 25, 2016 Abi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5, poc
...The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face
They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live.
Aug 02, 2011 Barb added it
great is one of those collections that you go back to, and reread over and over again..inspiring
Marie Gentilcore
Feb 27, 2016 Marie Gentilcore rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, poetry
I enjoyed this short book of poems by Maya Angelou. I don't read much poetry but I could feel the beauty in these words.
Cool, calm, collected... I love this woman. She's not aloof from trouble, just deals with it gracefully and strongly.
Ian (Bleeding Syllables)

Pretty good, but nothing spectacular for me.

"I keep on dying,
Because I love to live."
Jan 10, 2008 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: interested in prose or poetry
Shelves: already-read
very strong and powerful, no matter what your age, sex, gender, religion....
Dec 08, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This is a poetry book written with words of inspiration. The poems discuss strength that you need to be able to rise up no matter what people say or harm that other people can cause. Rising above them is the best thing that you can do.

I actually listened to this book on Audible which was read by Maya herself. I think that by hearing the author read the poems the way they were intended and hearing it from the actual author made these poems more real. These poems reminded me of the Story of Ruby
Nov 13, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Then you rose into my life
Like a promised sunrise.
Brightening my days with the light in your eyes.
I've never been so strong,
Now I'm where I belong"

Where We Belong, A Duet

A beautiful collection of poetry from the much loved and revered Maya Angelou. Admittedly, I couldn't relate to all of the poems in this volume, but I loved the lyricism and wisdom of her words.

"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,
Dec 06, 2016 Ris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Maya Angelou doesn't need my promotion. Favorites in this collection include the titular "And Still I Rise" as well as "Life Doesn't Frighten Me." The three-star rating was because this collection alsocontained some of my least favorites of her poems. Some of that was because they were very religious, and I am not that, so they may or may not be goood but I don't connect with them.

Jessica Gibson
Oh. My. Goodness. I loved this collection of poems. They are written with so much heart & take you on a beautiful journey.

Maya Angelou narrated this book. I can't imagine going about this book any other way as her delivery is amazing.
Nov 15, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Most poets don't have this many works this good in three collections, some ever. This is probably one of the best I've read.
Dec 30, 2016 Y. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maya Angelou was a brilliant and beautiful woman.

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

Neliza Drew
Jan 09, 2017 Neliza Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More important than ever.
Lisa Ahn
Jan 05, 2017 Lisa Ahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful and inspiring.
"Wrench out a / Smile that slides around the fear." ("Men")
Dec 09, 2016 Briar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Amazing rhythmic poetry. Would be five but I really wasn't into a lot of the religious themes
Amanda Opferman
Nov 10, 2016 Amanda Opferman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tiny lil book. Beautiful artwork, lovely words.
Tracey Sinclair
Nov 05, 2016 Tracey Sinclair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational, moving and thought provoking.
Natasja Derby- Mc Cabe
Each poem was so beautifully written and left me in complete awe! I loved every moment of reading this book and can't wait to get my hands on her other works!
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“Had I known that the heart breaks slowly, dismantling itself into unrecognizable plots of misery... had I known yet I would have loved you, your brash and insolent beauty, your heavy comedic face and knowledge of sweet delights, but from a distance I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less.” 336 likes
“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.”
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