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Read the Poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou and answer the following questions in complete sentences using text evidence when applicable. 1. What is the theme of the poem? The theme of “Still I Rise” is about self-respect and self- confidence. In the poem she talks about how you can overcome anything with a good self esteem. 2. Do you identify any conflict within the poem? Yes, conflicts are in this poem. The conflicts between man and racism, man and self- confidence, and man and self-esteem. 3. What rhyme scheme do you see within the poem (ending of phrases)? In this first quatrain, the rhyme scheme is thus ABCB . In rhyming "lies" with "rise," the poem emphasizes that the speaker can directly counter the "lies" of the oppressor with her "rise." This emphasis reiterates the power of the speaker's "rise." 4. In what way does the word choice help develop the theme? The choices of words are sometimes dark and dem and mean and hateful and it paints a dark picture. Then there are words that are light and

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