"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou's uplifting poem affirms the power of resilience, self-love, and joy in the face of oppression. Read the poem here.

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  1. twisted
    having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented
    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.
  2. tread
    crush as if by stepping on
    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.
  3. sassy
    improperly forward or bold
    Does my sassiness upset you?
  4. beset
    assail or attack on all sides
    Why are you beset with gloom?
  5. gloom
    a feeling of melancholy apprehension
    Why are you beset with gloom?
  6. tide
    the periodic rise and fall of the sea level
    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I'll rise.
  7. spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I'll rise.
  8. haughtiness
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner
    Does my haughtiness offend you?
  9. offend
    cause to feel resentment or indignation
    Does my haughtiness offend you?
  10. mine
    excavation from which ores and minerals are extracted
    Don't you take it awful hard
    ’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
    Diggin’ in my own backyard.
  11. root
    come into existence, originate
    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
    I rise
  12. leap
    move forward by bounds
    I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
  13. well
    come up, as of a liquid
    I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
  14. swell
    come up, as of a liquid
    I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
  15. wondrous
    extraordinarily good or great
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise
  16. ancestor
    someone from whom you are descended
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise.
Created on November 17, 2017 (updated April 15, 2018)

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