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Still I Rise simply mean that the narrator’s spirit is indomitable against every misdeed directed against her hence it says that ‘Still I Rise.’
Still I Rise is a poem about the poet’s own personal life’s hardships in the context of Black Americans who suffered the same and how they never gave up and still keep rising over injustices.
The poem reads like an Afro-American memoir. The tone is a mix of the slave narrative and the church sermon. It reads like a popular song of triumph.
The rhyme scheme of the poem is not consistent and it alternates. First three stanzas’ scheme is ABCB. Then it changes to ABCC in third stanza and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th stanzas are again in ABCB scheme. The 8th stanza’s scheme is AACC and the last stanza ends like a sermon where the line “I riseRead more
The title of the poem is the message itself. The message is the resilience of human spirit against the adversity which comes from injustice of this world. The poem’s universal message is the proud faith and hope in human capacity to win beyond the dark phases of life and its hardships.