Here in my Presentation you can find influence of postcolonial literature in Maya Angelou's poem ' Still I Rise.' In each stanza her determination reflects by using satirical words against her oppressor.
Influence Of Postcolonial Literature On Maya Angelou's Poem 'Still I Rise.''
Name:- Hitaxi H Bhatt.
Roll No:- 03.
Semester :- 03.
Paper No:- 11 ( The Postcolonial Literature.)
Topic:- Influence of postcolonial Literature on Maya Angelou’s
poem ‘ Still I Rise’.
Submitted To:- Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar
• And Still I Rise is made up of 32 short poems, divided into
• First sound of freedom that represent in ‘Caged Bird.’
• Second the sound of Equality represent in ‘Equality.’
• Third sounds of Racism that ‘Alone and Still I Rise.’
• Three sounds of African-American that reflect in Maya
• One big issue about race is African-Americans were got the
racial discrimination and they became the minority in the
• Sounds of Minority reflects in her poem.
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.
• nothing and no one could
oppress her or keep her down.
• history books saw “twisted lies”.
• she is trodden in the dirt, that
she will rise like dust.
• Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil
Pumping in my living room.
• Ask a question about her tone
• People around her beset with
gloom when she succeed
• As a woman she is succeeded
in her life.
• Oil wells pumping in my living
room symbolizes success as a
• Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
• Compares herself with moon
and sun. as they affected by
• she has no choice but rise up
out of her suffering.
• Society might to keep her
oppressed but it is in her
nature to rise up against
• Just as the tides to respond the
• Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like
Weakened by my soulful cries?
• She knows that her own success
is received with bitterness by
the racist people in her society.
• she directs these questions at the
society that has long tried to
keep her oppressed.
• They did not want to see a
black woman rise up out of the
oppression of her society and
• You may shoot me with your
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
( Stanza 06)
• No matter what it does to
oppress her. It will not
• Anything can’t be prevail
against her with words or
• Or if it managed to have her
killed because of its
• She claims that she will still
rise like air.
• Leaving behind nights of terror
Into a daybreak that’s
Bringing the gifts that my
I am the dream and the hope of
• She intends to leave behind all
the effects of slavery and history
of oppression to rise above it.
• She claims that she leave behind
the terror and fear and rise
above the pain and the
• Repetition of words ‘I Rise’
suggest her determination
• The poem, Still I Rise, is not only a proclamation of her
own determination to rise above society, but was also a call
to others to live above the society in which they were
• she can give voice to hundreds of those who were
• The poem is extremely inspirational and empowering.
• It is motivating and reminds us that if we respect ourselves
then the world will have no control over whom or what we