All questions from poem "Still I Rise" written by Maya - 1) The writer addresses ‘You’ several times in the poem. Who is meant by ‘You’, and how can we
tell?’ 2) ‘I’ve got oil wells,’ ‘I’ve got gold mines,’ ‘I’ve got diamonds.’ What is the effect of repetition here and the particular images used? 3) In some of the other similes the speaker compares herself to moons, suns and other natural phenomena. What do you think she means to convey by such images? 4) What do you understand by ‘the huts of history’s shame’? 5) What are the inherited ‘gifts’ that the writer brings with her? 6) ‘I rise’ is repeated several times. What does these words convey? 7) The poet makes use of questions as a device. What is the impact of these questions? 8) It is hard to miss the energy of this poem. What devices of language contribute to this impression of energy? 9) What do you like about the poem? Discuss.