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Poem Analysis:

1.
If you
analyzed
this:

Then, you
will now
analyze
this:

1. St
itches
by
Shawn
Mende
s

1. H
ow Do I
Love
Thee?
(Sonne
t 43)
by
Elizabe
th
Barrett
Browni
ng

2. S
kyscra
per by
Demi
Lovato

2. St
ill I
Rise
by
Maya
Angelo
u

3. W
ings
by
Mackle
more

3. Bl
ack
Friday
by
Kevin

Leake
2. Paste the lyrics of your new poem below:
You may write me down in history A
With your bitter, twisted lies, B
You may trod me in the very dirt C
But still, like dust, Ill rise. B
Does my sassiness upset you? D
Why are you beset with gloom? D
Cause I walk like Ive got oil wells F
Pumping in my living room. D
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still Ill 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?
Dont you take it awful hard
Cause I laugh like Ive 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, Ill rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?


Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like Ive got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of historys shame
I rise
Up from a past thats rooted in pain
I rise
Im 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 thats 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.

Questions
3. Describe the structure of the poem
(How many lines are there? How
many stanzas? What is the rhyme
scheme?)
4. Who is the intended audience?
5. Describe what the speaker is like.
6. What is the name of the poet?
7. What is the poems rhyme scheme?
8. Does the poet use alliteration? If so,
give an example.
9. Does the poet use consonance? If

Answers
Use complete sentences!
3. The poem is structured in 10 stanzas
and 43 lines.
4. The intended audience is for people
who dislike her because of her skin color.
5. The speaker in the poem/song sounds
empowering over the slave owners that
own her and others.
6. The name poet/songwriter is Maya
Angelou.
7. The rhyming in the poem/song is in

so, give an example.


10. Does the poet use assonance? If
so, give an example.
11. Does the poem use diction with
positive or negative connotations?
Give some examples.
12. What kind of tone does the author
use? Give an example of a line
that illustrates this tone.
13. What kind of mood do you feel as
a reader? Give an example of a
line that illustrates this mood.
14. What is a theme that you noticed
in the poem? Use evidence to
support your theme.

every other line.


8. No the poet/songwriter does not use
alliteration.
9. Yes, the author uses consonance in the
poem. An example of it is Cause I walk
like Ive got oil wells.
10. The poet doesnt use assonance.
11. The poet uses positive connotations to
empower herself over the slave owners.
An example of the positive connotations
that are in the poem is Out of the huts of
historys shame
I rise.
12. The tone the author uses is an
empowering voice to get her point across
throughout the poem. An example of this
is,Leaving behind nights of terror and
fear
I rise
Into a daybreak thats wondrously clear
I rise.
13. The mood I felt as a reader was that I
was somewhat annoyed that I couldnt
help the people who were affected by
racial discrimination. Still, the mood can
differ from others opinion.
14. The theme I noticed in the poem is
that your can defeat your enemy by telling
yourself that they can take everything but
you still have hope.