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And Still I Rise [Paperback]

Dr Maya Angelou
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8 May 1986
Maya Angelou's poetry - lyrical and dramatic, exuberant and playful - speaks of love, longing, partings; of Saturday night partying, and the smells and sounds of Southern cities; of freedom and shattered dreams. 'The caged bird sings/ with a fearful trill/ of things unknown/ but longed for still/ and his tune is heard/ on the distant hill/ for the caged bird/ sings of freedom.' Of her poetry, KIRKUS REVIEWS has written, 'It is just as much a part of her biography as I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, GATHER TOGETHER in MY NAME, SINGIN' AND SWINGIN' AND GETTING MERRY LIKE CHRISTMAS, and HEART OF A WOMAN.

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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd (London); 1st.Ed.1978,Reprinted1999(8th) edition (8 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860687570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860687573
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman (President Barack Obama)

The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace (President Bill Clinton)

She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds (Oprah Winfrey)

She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate (Toni Morrison)

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The re-issue of AND STILL I RISE, first published in 1986, from Maya Angelou - one of the most celebrated writers and poets of the world.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome poetry from an awesome woman! 4 April 2010
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I first got to know about Maya Angelou through her autobiographies about 20 years ago and,after reading them, didn't really look for anything else by her. But after talking to a work colleague about Maya I learned that she also wrote poetry.The one poem in particular that we spoke about was 'And Still I Rise' which my colleague told me had sustained her through several tough times over the years. I bought a book of Maya's poems and thoroughly enjoyed them especially 'And still I Rise' and 'Black Family Pledge'. My work colleague(who is also a very dear friend)retired earlier this year and I knew that as well as reading Maya Angelou's poetry she also enjoyed listening to her reading her poetry so what better gift could I give her than a cd of Maya reading some of her awesome poems! My friend was absolutely thrilled with the cd and has spent many happy hours already listening to it.If you are a fan of Maya then I would highly recommend this as there is nothing like listening to a poet reciting their own poems and Maya brings them to life as no one else could!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Maya 27 July 2004
By Parvaty
"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, I'll rise."
That is a excerpt from her poem "and still I rise". Its not a poem to me but a prayer. Maya Angelou's poetry from "phenomenal woman" to "i know why a bird caged sings" are not just thought provoking but instant upliftment for the heart. Its simple and vivid at the same time. I am not an seasoned critic but you need to read this poem to realise its power...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Woman 23 Oct 2013
By woman30
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And still I rise is one of Maya Angelou's most famous poems, as well as the title of this collection, which is her third volume of poetry. This is an excerpt:

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own backyard.

You will also find another well know poem of her here, Phenomenal woman. In it, Angelou describes the power that is innate to woman and what it means to have the confidence to be a sassy and "phenomenal woman". Many of her poems are about race or gender, but what shines through the most is her resilience and joy in spite of a difficult life. Maya Angelou has a strong voice that refuses to be silenced.

I really cannot recommend this volume enough. Like a previous review said, her poems to me, as well, is like a prayer. I know some of the poems by heart, but still I pick them up to read through sometimes. I also like to give this volume away as a gift to friends, as I believe that this is one that all women (in particular) should have knowledge of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars poetry 30 May 2013
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such words of wonder and joy and thoughtfulness - a joy to take my time to read . Maya as always is great to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 19 Oct 2013
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What a wonderful book, an eye opener, one of my favourite authers, will always recommend her to my family and friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep poems 31 July 2013
By siras
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i love this book the poems are deep and you have to think to understand them and its about struggle and pain if you like poems BUY IT
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but better intro would be good 13 Oct 2013
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This book is great in the sense that it has the collection in it, lovely condition etc., but I would have liked a few critical essays about the work at the back, and a more detailed introduction about this specific collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bouyant vibrant po'try 24 May 2013
By Lyns
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full of energy-Ms Angelou makes an impact with her readings of her own poetry-she sounds exactly as one would expect. There are 13 tracks on this cd.. but ITS NOT ENUF... .. ..

track list:

A Kind of Love, Some Say
Where We Belong
a Duet
California Prodigal
One More Round
Woman Work
And Still I Rise
Ain't That Bad?
Life Doesn't Frighten Me
On Aging
Thank You, Lord

so, at the end of the cd, there is a list of other available cd's, all read by the author, namely:

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
On The Pulse Of Morning
I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now
Phenomenal Woman
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