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And Still I Rise

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  5,878 ratings  ·  476 reviews
Maya Angelou's poetry - lyrical and dramatic, exuberant and playful - speaks of love, longing, partings; of Saturday night partying, and the smells and sounds of Southern cities; of freedom and shattered dreams. 'The caged bird sings/ with a fearful trill/ of things unknown/ but longed for still/ and his tune is heard/ on the distant hill/ for the caged bird/ sings of free ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published 2009 by Virago (first published 1978)
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Brina
Still I Rise is Maya Angelou’s encouragement to women of color everywhere that yes they can achieve great things. These words reach for the heights and that is what every person should do, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or social standing. It is easy for women of color to think that the world is not designed for people that look like them to dream big, but that is exactly what Angelou’s signature poem does. Entwined with the artwork of Diego Rivera, all that is missing is improvisational ...more
Bionic Jean
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
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Lisa
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The caged bird sings for freedom and the oppressed human being keeps rising!

There is so much obvious sadness in Maya Angelou, but still I feel freer and taller and stronger after reading a few of her poems.

They grow with life as well. What did the poems about ageing have to do with me, when I first encountered her in my rebellious twenties? I only saw her take on women and racism and patriarchy and the aching pain of hearts broken and rebuilt and rising, rising, rising, not matter what!

Now I
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Jean Menzies
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I assumed I would enjoy this one and I assumed correctly.
This is my first foray into Angelou's poetry (other than listening to random snippets) but I have read the first of her autobiographies 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'. I adored the rythm of her poems, they slipped so naturally from the tongue and her choice of words was fascinating, it really had me chewing on each on certain words and phrases, rolling them around in my head. There were lots of themes of love, lust, sex, the body, racis
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Jennifer
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Maya Angelou transmits something tender and profound in her writings, especially when listened to in her (recorded) voice.
Leah Craig
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wishing so badly I was in DC today to hear these poems read at the Women's March.



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 backyard.

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.
...more
Kelly
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.

Do
...more
B. P. Rinehart
"Hate often is confused. Its
Limits are in zones beyond itself. And
Sadists will not learn that
Love, by nature, exacts a pain
Unequalled on the rack.
- Second stanza of "A Kind of Love, Some Say"


One of my favorite poets and one of her best collections. Reading Maya Angelou is great, but listening to her is better. I am always put into a better state of mind with her words. Dr. Angelou was one one of the great multi-talented writers of the 20th century as a playwright, poet, actress, and memiorist.
...more
Veronique
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Apart from her powerful poem 'Still I Rise’, which I love, I didn’t know much of Maya Angelou’s writing. This little anthology was therefore a timely discovery. While reading aloud, several adjectives came to my mind: raw, sensual, melancholic, vital, lonely, fierce, irreverent, etc. There was also a musicality to some of the poems, making me think they could easily be used as lyrics. The format too goes from the very short, not unlike haikus, to longer form with a more complex thread. A lot of ...more
David J
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Here I am, at 27, and finally getting around to Maya Angelou. I never had to read her work for school and somehow passed up reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings the many times I’ve seen it on my library’s shelves. Better late than never, right? And Still I Rise is Angelou’s third poetry collection, originally released in 1978. And for how much praise Angelou receives, I was surprised that I wasn’t bowled over by this collection. Yes, I definitely liked it but there was also something missing. ...more
Anima
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PART ONE
Touch Me, Life, Not Softly

Remembrance
for Paul

‘Your hands easy
weight, teasing the bees
hived in my hair, your smile at the
slope of my cheek. On the
occasion, you press
above me, glowing, spouting
readiness, mystery rapes
my reason.

When you have withdrawn
your self and the magic, when
only the smell of your
love lingers between
my breasts, then, only
then, can I greedily consume
your presence.‘

Where We Belong, A Duet

‘In every town and village,
In every city square,
In crowded places
I searched the faces
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Neil R. Coulter
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
There are poems in this collection that I love, and some that I think are just okay. But what I love about Maya Angelou is her defiantly hopeful perspective on life in all its ups and downs.

"Life doesn't frighten me at all / Not at all / Not at all" (46).

"I was born to work up to my grave / But I was not born / To be a slave" (34).

"I may be last in the welfare line / Below the rim where the sun don't shine / But getting up stays on my mind" (47).

"You said to lean on Your arm / And I'm leaning /
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flaams
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just wow!
I didn't actually read the poem, I listened to an actress reading it during a show and fell in love with it...
it is power, it is confidence, it is hope, this could easily be a chant in a revolt or in a march...
loved it
...more
Ana
If you can choose a format, pick audiobook.
Derryn
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me down in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
...more
Creolecat
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Re-read.
Lorraine
Maya Angelou is one of my favorite writers/poets of all time and her book ‘Still I Rise’ published in 2001 shows once again Angelou’s incredible talent. Each verse is also accompanied by incredible art work done by the Mexican master, Diego Rivera. ‘Still I Rise’ is a literary and visual feast.
Eleni (OverThePlace)
Short poems about being black and a woman.

My favorites were:

Woman Work
One More Round
Ain't that Bad?
Life doesn't Frighten Me
Call Letters: Mrs. V.B.
Caged Bird
Weekend Glory

And of course 'Still I 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 got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may
...more
Michael Kress
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1970s
I listened to the audiobook read by the author. I almost always enjoy books read by the author, and this was no exception. It was special how she put so much of her personality into the tonality and rhythm of her reading. My two favorite poems from the book were "Still I Rise" and "Life Doesn't Frighten Me." They both represent the courage and strength she must have had to have in order to prosper in her difficult life.

"Still I Rise" is about her "rising up" in the face of her oppressors. No ma
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Olivia
Jul 08, 2009 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 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
Julie
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I received this book as a beautiful gift from my son & his partner who share my love of Maya Angelou's writing. I will treasure it and immerse myself over & over in her lyrical, rich and powerful words of both grace & courage. ...more
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"
"Willie"
"The Traveler"
"The Memory"
"Still I Rise"
...more
Silvia  RoMa
3.4 stars pretty good!
Nella ☾
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
3.5 stars

These poems were so lovely! Maya Angelou has a way with words; she molds them into beautifully crafted poems that convey such palpable emotion.

Here are some of my favorite poems + favorite lines:

A Kind of Love, Some Day
"Hate often is confused. Its limits are in zones beyond itself. And sadists will not learn that love by nature, exacts a pain unequalled on the rack."

Phenomenal Woman Of couse! It's a classic
"Men themselves have wondered what they see in me. They try so much but t
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L
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Memory

Cotton rows crisscross the world
And dead-tired nights of yearning
Thunderbolts on leather strops
And all my body burning

Sugar cane reach up to God
And every baby crying
Shame the blanket of my night
And all my days are dying
Elizabeth  Higginbotham
It is always wonderful to read wonderful poetry. Angelou covers a range of topics, but always celebrates people and the human spirit.
Elsa Rajan Pradhananga
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, poetry
Wow, just wow! Listened to it and loved the rhythm, confidence and positivity. There were some poems like Refusal, Remembrance, Woman work, Still I rise… that resonated perfectly with me.

…mystery rapes
my reason.
When you have withdrawn
yourself and the magic, when
only the smell of your
love lingers between
my breasts, then, only
then, can I greedily consume
your presence.

What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body's haste.

You may shoot me with yo
...more
Salam Almahi
i love her.

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Colleen
I love Maya Angelou's writing. This tome of poetry is another beautiful example of her writing. I enjoyed this little volume very much. My favorite poem in the book is Phenomenal Woman. Read it! ...more
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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 ...more

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