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Comparison Of Still I Rise And Realities Of A Black Woman

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Comparison of Still I Rise and Realities of a Black Woman

Compare and Contrast the poems Still I Rise By Maya Angelou and Of
course when they ask about the Realities of black women by Grace
Nichols.

'Still I Rise' written by Maya Angelou and 'Of course when they ask
about the "Realities" of black woman' written by Grace Nichols, are
the two poems that I will be comparing and writing about. These poems
are expressing the opinions of how white people would like to see or
how they see black women.

I understand that the word culture means a wide range of ideas,
knowledge and beliefs. That is usually shared between the people of a
country, place, race, group or religion. The word Culture can also
mean a way of life, or set of every day activities, for example a
Muslim will worship five times a day. I also understand that with in
one culture it is possible to have many different cultures.

Both poems are from a different culture to my own. The poems and poets
come from the same culture, which is black. Grace Nichols originally
came from Guyana and Maya Angelou originally came from Missouri. Both
poets are black each poem suggests this in its own individual way as
in the poem "Still I Rise" the poet Maya Angelou uses the word
"Slaves", and in the past slaves have usually been referred to as
black people. In the poem "Of course when they ask about the
'Realities' of black women" the poet Grace Nichols uses "I like to see
we black women", This suggests that she is not just writing about
black women and that she is a black woman herself as she changes her
language from "I" to "we".

The poem "Still I rise" by Maya Angelou is mainly about one black
woman. In the poem it is saying about a black woman being treated
unfairly because of her race, and the past of her race, which may not
always be rightfully true or changed in some way.

Maya Angelou opens her poems with "You may write me down in history".
This gives an impact of accusing, that the poet is accusing the reader
of the lies carried out against her in the past. Maya Angelou is
addressing the reader directly by using the pronoun "You" this makes
the reader automatically feel involved.

"With your bitter, twisted lies". This gives us the idea of her races
past being untrue because the word "lies" has been used. Adjectives
have been used to reinforce the word "lies" with "Bitter" and
"Twisted". These adjectives have been used to describe, the lies
written down about black people in history. The word "Bitter" suggests
that the lies are hostile and resentful. The word "Twisted" suggests
that the lies are cruel and perverted.

The woman is a very ambitious person and wants to put the lies about
her races past behind her and "Rise" above them "Leaving behind" "Up
from a past that's rooted in pain" are two examples of how the poet
shows she wants to leave the lies behind, these have used to show the
reader what she is rising from and that she is rising...

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