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And Still I Rise

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  2,459 Ratings  ·  145 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.

Jul 20, 2009 Olivia rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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.
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
Apr 11, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MAYA ANGELOU IS THE QUEEN OF EVERYTHING. That is all. Read these poems.
Marie Gentilcore
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.
Ian (Bleeding Syllables)

Pretty good, but nothing spectacular for me.

"I keep on dying,
Because I love to live."
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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 teardro
May 27, 2015 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 04, 2014 Jean Poulos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2014, poetry
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
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
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
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.
Dec 17, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Apr 25, 2016 Abi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...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 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....
Poetry isn't really my thing. I'm too simple and distracted and am usually looking for character-driven reading material.

That being said, Maya Angelou is bloody brilliant. I first encountered her work on a trip to Washington DC when I was much younger. I was in one of the Smithsonian gift shops and came across a beautifully printed and bound copy of On The Pulse Of Morning: Inscribed, performed by the author at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993. It is one of the few works of poetry I have eve
Apr 15, 2014 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Jun 07, 2012 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2009 3Hassaan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, was an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. Maya Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, (1969 which was n ...more
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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.” 332 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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