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The rhyme can be found in the last of each verse

April 24, 2019 0 Comment

The rhyme can be found in the last of each verse, we can see that Maya Angelou used the rhyme in each stanza. Also we can see that the rhyme was regular in the first seven stanzas ‘A-B-C-B’then it changes to’A-B-A-B-C-C’, we discover that there is a shift of the rhyme in the poem.
Usually placed in the end of each line correspondence of sound between words or the ending part of words gives the reader clues of the meaning of the poem (“Still I rise”).

Example:
If read carefully, you can easily find whether it is a rhyme or not.Ex: lies & rise, gloom& room, tides & rise, eyes & cries, hard & yard, eyes & rise.
“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.
Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise” (“Still I rise”).
Symbolism
Symbolism is a figure of speech, or a literary device stands in the form of a word or an action, exist in the poem in order to function something else, something hidden for the reader, therefore, the reader has to discover the literary meaning of it or in other words; what beyond it.
Example:
“I rise”.Rise originally means to move upward or to stand up. In the text, this word shows that no matter how down you might feel, you can always stand up again and get back on the road (” Still I rise”).
“Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise ” (” Still I rise”).