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And Still I Rise

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,859 ratings  ·  85 reviews
These new poems are powerful, distinctive and as always, full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 12th 1978 by Random House (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.

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
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
May 27, 2015 Bridget rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I listened along while reading the poems. The audio was done by Maya Angelou & of course, it is always a pleasure to hear her speak.

There were a few poems that were in the book that wasn't read...Maybe because this book may have been redone after she did the audio...

There were some old favorites...And I, of course, found some new ones. I've always enjoyed her poems & most of the books I have read by her, I loved. I always get some form of wisdom from her..Something I can take with me an
Jean Poulos
Maya Angelou died on May 28 2014 which triggered me to obtain this audio book. This is a book of 32 short poems divided into three parts published in 1978 written and read by Maya Angelou. I know Angelou is controversial and her books, plays and poems are banned in many places and like many great poets people either love her or hate her poems. I enjoy her poems not only for the story they tell and the optimism but the rhythm and rhyme. I have books of her poems but particularly enjoyed this audi ...more
Latosha Finch
This is such an awesome and inspiring poem. I chose this poem because of some of the poems we have discussed in class. Our discussions peeked my interest in poems and their different arrangements. Some rhyme and some do not. Still I Rise is a poem that does rhyme. Maya Angelou is encouraging the reader that they can rise above any obstacle they encounter. Although individuals try and hurt you and try to break you down, although you may be hurting, they will never know because you do not show the ...more
Travis Ristau
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
Ryk Stanton
I can write poems as good as this.

Two of her most famous poems are in this collection, but of the other few dozen only two stand out as anything worth remembering. Or reading for that matter.

I entered into this with an open mind - even an optimistic mindset. This is Maya Angelou, I thought; she's the real deal. But what I read is no better than what I can write, no better than what most of my writer friends can write.

I am reconsidering my viewpoint on poetry after reading this book. It's not ab
I really wanted to love this. I did.

Here's the thing: I love "Phenomenal Woman" because of the nostalgia associated with it--we read it in my sophomore English class. I love the strength associated with being a woman. The title poem, "And Still I Rise" was also good, about rising up and triumphing over adversity no matter what is thrown at you. Besides those two, the only poem that really caught my attention is called "Just Like Job" and speaks about faith and calling on the Lord in times of tr
If you only ever read one collection of poems, let it be this one.

My edition was barely 100 pages, and I read a poem a night at first, trying to savour the book as much as possible.

Her prose is vivid. It moves, it breathes, it sings.

Maya Angelou celebrates so many things in this humble little collection. She talks about sexuality, about gender, about race, about poverty. And she does it all in a graceful way.

She taught me so much about being present, about being in the moment and about myself.

...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.
Cool, calm, collected... I love this woman. She's not aloof from trouble, just deals with it gracefully and strongly.
I loved this. It was everything I wanted out of this poetry collection and more. My favourite poems from it were the ones I already knew and loved ("Phenomenal Woman" and "Still I Rise"), but every poem offered something special to me.

Each poem offered a new emotion up to the reader, some of the poems even offering more than one emotion at a time or changed tones part way through--it was never choppy, it just felt like what people feel. These poems are a representation of the human experience. W
great is one of those collections that you go back to, and reread over and over again..inspiring
Jan 10, 2008 Katrina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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....
I've meant to try reading Maya Angelou's poetry for a long time -- hers is a name I've seemingly always known, but I couldn't name an individual poem I'd read or identify her voice and style. Maybe that's partly why I found this disappointing: I sort of saved her up, for a rainy day, because so many people thought so much of her.

I'm not a big fan of her style, it transpires. Her rhymes feel unnatural, forced -- maybe there's just too many of them for me. In any case, only a few of these poems fl
I accidentally picked this copy up from a university library without realizing it was a bilingual edition. I searched on Goodreads, but couldn't find this version, so I created a new addition to the site. I would say it's interesting comparing the poems side-by-side, especially if one knows French. I found that the translations were unusual, since the structure of some poems were changed by the translator. I wish I knew French more in-depth, but it was intriguing nonetheless.

After reading I Know
I think that this whole banned book situation is being blown out of proportion. I think that certain books shouldn't be banned to certain age groups . I think that they should catigorize them according to ratings. For instance for elementry (1-5 grade) shouldn't be allowed to watch movies over the rating [PG:].

Next ratings for middle school kids would be slightly different. They would be able to watch movies up to the rating [PG 13:]. I think that there rating should be higher not on the count o
I refuse to "rate" Maya Angelou. That would be as presumptuous as "rating" the Gettysburg Address. Ms. Angelou was so much more than a writer or a poet: she was a survivor, a phenomenon, a prophet, an inspiration, a consolation.

I will say this, however. What I liked best about And Still I Rise was the title (which speaks for itself) and these words from the poem "Refusal":

I defy my body's haste.
Without the Promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.
I love Angelou, she is a universal inspiration. I am sure everyone can find something they can relate to in this collection whether it be a love poem such as 'Remembrance' or the hyperbolic depiction of the archetype 'Momma Welfare Roll'.

For me, my favourite poem is 'Still I Rise'. Being mixed with Caribbean heritage, I know what my ancestors have been through and this celebrates our ancestors' dreams...'I am the hope and dream of the slave.'
Annie Colyer
I absolutely love Maya Angelou's poetry. Particularly in this collection there is a perfect selection of both heart breaking and light hearted poetry. Her writing style is beautiful and this collection helped to shape some of my own writing. Studying this in literature has been a highlight of the year and I would recommend Maya Angelou's poetry to anyone and everyone.
Maya Angelou is my favorite poet ever!!! It's so sad that she recently passed away. I remember reading her autobiography when I was about to start high school. It is amazing how even though she has gone through so much, she contributed so much of her poetic beauty and wisdom to the world.
Savannah brought home her poetry folder from the school year - which she got an A+ on - and I wanted to introduce her to Maya's work (along with Diego Rivera's altho she's seen his work before) so we're reading & discussing this poem this weekend. So powerful, sensual,moving and inspirational! :)
New York, Random House, 1978

In this beautiful book of poetry, Maya Angelou gives us a window into her creativity. Many of her life experiences are revealed in her prose; the reader gets caught up in her emotions and reflections with her words. It is broken into three parts; relationships, traveling, and endurance. Having recently read all of her biographies, I wanted to read her poetry to experience this genre of her writing. I had read a book of hers years ago but, with her recent passing, I wa
Adria Olson
I mean… it’s Maya Angelou… so obviously it’s wonderful. And honest. And sincere. And passionate. The following poems are dogeared in my copy of the book: The Lesson, Woman Work, One More Round, The Traveler, Still I Rise (I mean, obviously), Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.
Tela Christensen
I'm not really sure how I've managed not to read Maya Angelou before but I finished this books of poetry last night. I think she is amazing, so light hearted but direct and honest. I'll be reading many more of her writings in the near future.
Jadai Mcgee
Maya Angelou uses the craft of imagery as she describes how someone may try to break her down by any means and still she rises. Her descriptions are so detailed it's like you see things that you couldn't possibly see in real life. "You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with you hatefulness, but still, like air, I rise..." I feel like I can see someone shooting me with words or cutting me with their eyes even though this is not a literal action that can ...more
I really liked a few of the poems in this (where we belong, a duet; momma welfare roll; ain't that bad?; life doesn't frighten me; impeccable conception) but was ambivalent on the majority. Just not for me, but still glad I read it.
Absolutely love this book!Her poems have so much depth and meaning, its beautiful to get lost in her words and she was indeed a 'phenomenal woman'. R.I.P. Maya Angelou- truly one of the best poets this world has ever had!!
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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.” 317 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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