And Still I Rise

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These new poems are powerful, distinctive and as always, full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.

A volume of poems which are powerful, distinctive and full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.

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Overview

These new poems are powerful, distinctive and as always, full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.

A volume of poems which are powerful, distinctive and full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394502526
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1978
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 67,367
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.

Biography

As a chronicler of her own story and the larger civil rights movement in which she took part, Maya Angelou is remarkable in equal measure for her lyrical gifts as well as her distinct sense of justice, both politically and personally.

Angelou was among the first, if not the first, to create a literary franchise based on autobiographical writings. In the series' six titles -- beginning with the classic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and followed by Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, Heart of a Woman, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, and 2002's A Song Flung Up to Heaven -- Angelou tells her story in language both no-nonsense and intensely spiritual.

Angelou's facility with language, both on paper and as a suede-voiced speaker, have made her a populist poet. Her 1995 poem "Phenomenal Woman" is still passed along the Web among women as inspiration ("It's in the reach of my arms/The span of my hips/The stride of my steps/The curl of my lips./I'm a woman/Phenomenally/Phenomenal woman/That's me"), and her 1993 poem "On the Pulse of the Morning," written for Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration, was later released as a Grammy-winning album.

Angelou often cites other writers (from Kenzaburo Oe to James Baldwin) both in text and name. But as often as not, her major mentors were not writers – she had been set to work with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. before each was assassinated, stories she recounts in A Song Flung Up to Heaven.

Given her rollercoaster existence -- from poverty in Arkansas to journalism in Egypt and Ghana and ultimately, to her destiny as a successful writer and professor in the States – it's no surprise that Angelou hasn't limited herself to one or two genres. Angelou has also written for stage and screen, acted, and directed. She is the rare author from whom inspiration can be derived both from her approach to life as from her talent in writing about it. Reading her books is like taking counsel from your wisest, favorite aunt.

Good To Know

Angelou was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Nyo Boto in the 1977 miniseries Roots. She has also appeared in films such as How to Make an American Quilt and Poetic Justice, and she directed 1998's Down in the Delta.

Angelou speaks six languages, including West African Fanti.

She taught modern dance at the Rome Opera House and the Hambina Theatre in Tel Aviv.

Before she became famous as a writer, Maya Angelou was a singer. Miss Calypso is a CD of her singing calypso songs.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Margeurite Johnson
      Maya Angelou
    2. Hometown:
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 4, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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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.

Copyright 2001 by Maya Angelou
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    DID A POEM ON HER

    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 rise

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    INSPIRATIONAL

    Maya Angelou has always been inspiring to me as a poet- but hearing her read her own poetry... That was incredible! =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    WOW

    it is inspiring

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    Posted December 15, 2012

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