Read the following poem by Maya Angelou carefully and answer the following questions.


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.

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.

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 back yard

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.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

1a The writer addresses ‘You’ several times in the poem. Who is meant by ‘You’, and how can we

tell?’ 2

1b ‘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? 2

1c 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? 2

1d What do you understand by ‘the huts of history’s shame’? 2

1e What are the inherited ‘gifts’ that the writer brings with her? 2

1f ‘I rise’ is repeated several times. What does these words convey? 2

1g The poet makes use of questions as a device. What is the impact of these questions? 2

1h It is hard to miss the energy of this poem. What devices of language contribute to this impression

of energy? 3

1i What do you like about the poem? Discuss.

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1.you refers to a person 
2. i walk,i laugh, i dance are the particular repetation used
3.she want to convey it by comparing

4.house of plantations in south before the american civil war
5 the herited gifts were the dream and the hope of slave
6.i rise repeated several times throught the poem in the  different contents to show that she will suceed  despite all the efforts to erase her history silence her voice and bring her down with hate though she uses the personal pronoun 
7. impact of this questions help in thinking ,improving skills , helps in exams
8.the devices including repititation, smile ,metaphor,and personification
9. i liked the lovingness of the person and caring
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