In the following statement from "Still I Rise," she gives tribute to her ancestors, who endured far more than she has and contributed to Angelou's independence. I am the slave's dream and hope, bearing the treasures bestowed upon me by my forefathers. This poem's major topic is triumph against oppression. Through poetry, Angelou shows that even though she was a black American woman, she has no less pride than other people.
Her ancestors, who were slaves, could only give her their dreams. But she was able to use those dreams to rise above her circumstances and become what she wanted to be. With courage and faith, she was able to conquer her fears and fulfill their wishes. Thus, she has been able to carry on their legacy of freedom.
Some people think that being born into slavery would have prevented Angelou from ever becoming anything. But her parents taught her to believe in herself, and this inspired her to keep going even when things got tough. Through these difficult times, she found ways to lift herself up so that she could fulfill her goals. And now, she wants others who feel like they can't do anything else to keep trying, because there are people out there who can help them achieve their dreams.
Angelou also tells us that if we all worked together, we could end slavery once and for all. And yet, even though she knows this to be true, she still faces many challenges.
Maya Angelou's mother gave her a book when she was born with hair that was almost white. The woman who raised Maya believed that God had sent Maya to tell future generations about His love and mercy.
Maya Angelou is known for her poems and memoirs that talk about black American life in the 20th century. She was also one of the first prominent women in America to publicly oppose racism and support civil rights activism.
She was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. Her father was an accountant and her mother was a homemaker who loved reading and writing. When Maya was two years old, her family moved to Washington, D.C., where her father worked for the Department of Agriculture during World War II.
After the war, the family returned to St. Louis so that her father could work for Howard University as a professor of accounting. This allowed Maya to go to college at age 17. There she met many famous writers such as Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, and Paul Robeson. They encouraged her to write poetry like them.
Title. After reading, we believe the title alludes to the struggles Americans faced during the Great Depression. We assumed, prior to reading, that the poem would be about recollections of life with a lot of discrimination. The word "memory" itself means "the ability to remember." Thus, this line implies that even though people were going through these difficult times, they could still recall the good times too.
This is a very abstract interpretation of the poem's meaning. For example, some readers might think that the reference to "colored glass" in this line is racist because colored glass was once used as a term for black people. But this interpretation isn't supported by the context of the poem; instead, it's more appropriate to view it as a reference to window panes. In addition, some readers might assume that the speaker in the poem is a white person since she uses the first-person pronoun "I". But again, this interpretation isn't consistent with the context of the poem which shows us that she is indeed a black woman.
Overall, this interpretation helps us understand the theme and tone of the poem better. It also gives us an idea of how different people can interpret the same work of art differently.