“Still, I rise” published in 1978, is an inspiring poem written by, Maya Angelou, an African American woman. Maya Angelou was known for being an American poet
memoirist and lastly civil rights activist. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up living through oppression and inequality for the African Americans.
The poem “Still I rise” has in total of 43 lines, seven quatrains and nine stanzas and the rhyme scheme of ABCD. The quatrains, rhyme scheme, and stanzas are what hold the poem in a structured form.
The quatrains allow the poem to follow a rhythm where the poem rhymes in some way as well as stanzas which allow certain divisions for different ideas, moments and themes all depending on the poet’s message.