Introduction to the poet and the poem inc. your interpretationMaya Angelou(i/ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/;born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an Americanauthor, poet, and civil rights activist. raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas.Maya Angelou became one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. With over 50 honorary doctorate degrees Dr. Maya Angelou became a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and morethan 50 honorary degrees.Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings(1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.Poem AnalysisRhyme Scheme– lies, rise– gloom, room– tides, rise– eyes, cries– hard, yard– eyes, rise– wide, tide– fear, clear– gave, slaveWith the exception of the last stanza, the rhyme scheme is A,B,C,B. In the last stanzaJust like moons and like suns– simileComparing how she continuously raises herself up emotionally to stay strong just, like how the moon and sun rises everyday no matter what happens. I’ll rise; I rise– repetitionBy repeating these words it makes the words that much more powerful and makes it stand outand also emphasises Angelou’s message, which is to stay strong and to never allow anything or anyone stop you from fighting and living strong.