Comparing the two poems nothings changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika and still Ill rise by Maya Angelou

My main aim in this essay is to discover how the two poets describe and express their feelings. I will do this by focusing on their use of linguistic techniques and what effect this has given on the reader. Moreover, I will concentrated one how the poets have structured the poem, by carefully analyzing it.Maya AngelouMaya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voice of our time. She has many titles such as memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.She was born on the 4th April 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of 26 Angelou studied modern dance and poetry; however her studies did not stop there. She traveled to Cairo, Ghana, New York and in this time she had mastered French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and Fanti. In 1993 she composed a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration; it was watched live on air all around the world.“You may write me down in history, with your bitter twisted lies you may trod me in very dirt but still like dust ill rise” in his opening verse of the poem, the reader automatically senses Maya’s attitude towards the reader and I felt as though she was spearing the reader with these words by saying “your bitter” by doing this I thought that if made the reader feel as though they had done all this to Maya, therefore it made the reader feel emotional.Maya Angelo wrote at the start of her poem “Your bitter twisted lies” in this quotation Angelou is presenting her feelings by harshly saying that you can do whatever you want with you bitter twisted lies.The word “twisted” shows the reader how untrue these lies are and how hurtful, and unpleasant, these lies are to her. Just like when you take a piece of paper and you twist it, the creases are impossible to take out. Then she says the word “bitter” this shows the reader how distressful this is to her and shows the reader that it really hurts her. “Trod me in very dirt” by saying this she explains her self and says that, you can do whatever you want but it doesn’t bother me, still ill get there. She shows that she is full of firmness and determination and nothing will stop her. Then at the end of the Stanza off she writes “but still like dust ill rise” by writing this she shows the reader how confident she is. We can prove this because Angelou has used a simile “like dust” by writing this she means that just like dust rises in the air and you cannot see it rising, in the same way will she rise.Stanza 2“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” Maya is questioning the reader and I thought that this was a really effective way to get the readers attention, she says, just because I’m passionate and lively is that upsetting you, why are you jealous of me? I thought that Maya purposely wrote this because she wanted to show the reader how unfair it is and how cruel it is that a person can’t be themselves.Then Maya writes “cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells pumping in my living room” I thought that this was a really effective and important line in Angelou’s poem. I thought that Maya used a powerful metaphor “oil wells pumping in my living room” I thought that the word oil stood for something significant. If a person has an oil well they maybe very rich and the fact that she has used this, shows that she has something special inside her, Maya is showing her determination because just like if you have oil a person can be very powerful in the same way Maya is saying no one will be able to stop her because she has something special which is determination and courage.Now I will start by analyzing the 3rd stanza“Just like the suns and moons with the certainty of tides, just like hopes spring high still ill rise” In this stanza Angelo shows her desperation and desire to achieve this goal, which is to end discrimination. Moreover, Angelou refers to the sun, moon and tides to represent her nature. She says that just like the certainty that the sun will rise in the east and set in the west and the moon will appear in the night and tides will wash in and out of seashores in the same way she will achieve this goal. Moreover from my judgment I think that Maya inspires the reader by saying “with the certainty of tides hopes spring high” she is influencing the reader by saying that your hope will always rise and that it is natural in a persons life just like the tides coming in and out are natural and the sun rise and set is natural.“Did you want to see me broken bowed head lowered eyes, shoulders falling like teardrops, weakened by my soulful cries”It thought that this stanza was on of the most effective; this was because Maya really expressed her feelings and showed her true inner self. Unlike the other stanza’s I realized that Maya Angelou never wrote “I’ll rise” at the end of the sentence. This was because she wanted to show the reader how much pain and distress discrimination has caused inside her. I think what made this stanza very special was the fact that, for the first time Maya showed her downside, and by doing this she told the reader that the pain inside her that discrimination has caused is something that will stay their forever inside her, and unfortunately she can not rise above that pain. I thought that this made the stanza very emotional because this was something that Maya Angelou could not rise above.Stanza 4In this stanza I felt as though Maya was showing her identity and who she is.“Does my haughtiness offend you, don’t you take it awful hard” what she meant by this was that just because I feel I’m higher than every one else and I’m proud of myself, is that offending you, the reason why I thought this was because Maya wrote “cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines digging in my own backyard” and the word “laugh” proves this because it shows that she is happy. I thought that this was a really powerful stanza because Maya, put across the message that, these people are so arrogant and jealous that just because she is proud to be who she is and she’s proud that she’s black, these people hate it (don’t you take it awful hard) what she means by awful hard is that if a white person was proud of his or her self and was proud to be white would we hate it? No so why can’t she be herself?Stanza 5“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness but still like air ill rise” in this stanza I felt that Maya made the reader feel guilty, this was because she was putting the blame on the person who was reading by saying “you may”. I thought that this was a really effective way of attracting attention;What Maya Angelou meant when she said “you may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness” is that you can do whatever you like, whether its your lies “shoot me with your words”, you can have all the jealousy inside you “cut me with your eyes”, have all the hatred inside you “kill me with your hatefulness”, but none of these things will ever stop me “but still like air I’ll rise”, she is saying that its never going to stop me so its pointless. On the other hand, we know that these things hurt her inside because she says “but still like air I’ll rise”. My opinion of this was that, she meant that just like you can contaminate air, but you can never stop it from being there. In the same way she is portraying that, all the lies that have been said about her, and all the hatred, it does hurt her but it will never stop her from reaching this goal that she has always wanted. “I’ll rise”.Stanza 6“Does my sexiness upset you, does it come as a surprise” what Maya was trying to portray is because she is sexy and she is black, it comes as a surprise to them to see that a black person stands out, and a black person to stand up for herself, what she is trying to say, is that it upsets them and they are irritated to see this. I thought that this really showed the character of these white people and the difference it made if you were black or white on how you were treated. Moreover, once again Maya Angelou directed this at the reader by saying “you” and this made the reader feel as though they were one of these white people. Then when I was analyzing this, I thought that they were many different ways of interpreting the word “sexiness”.My interpretation was that Maya wrote this because she was speaking on behalf of the black people in the world and not just herself and what this meant was that she was saying that all blacks are “naturally attractive” in other words they, have something naturally special inside them, and in order to unveil it, they need to stand up and rise and be themselves. Maya is saying to all black people that stand up for yourself and you will be the winner in the end just like she is a winner. My proof of this is, that at the end the poem Maya wrote “I rise” instead of “I’ll rise” this showed the reader that just like she has said she “will rise” but know she has risen “I rise” and also Angelou wrote “that I dance like I’ve got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs” this showed the reader that know she has got something to really boast about. To add to that I thought that Maya was a real inspiration to the black community.My second interpretation of this stanza was that Maya wrote this because she was unique, and she was an icon to other black people, and this was very unusual to see in a black person to stand up and become a leader, and my proof of this is she wrote “does it come as a surprise”