Explain how the author’s history and culture influenced the poem.

Part I: Read the poem by Maya Angelou (below).

Part II: Complete the attached handout (upload the completed document for grading): Poetry_analysis Worksheet.pdf

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Part III: Write a 2.5-3 page paper that follows the scripted format (below). This is not a traditional essay with an Introduction, Body, Conclusion but rather an organized piece of writing that includes specific information in each paragraph. To promote continuity, begin Paragraphs 1-6 with the following transition words: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth.

Reading: Maya Angelou’s “And Still I Rise”

(Links to an external site.)

https://www.duplinschools.net/cms/lib01/NC01001360/Centricity/Domain/2260/Still%20I%20Rise.pdf

Paragraph 1: (2-3 sentences)

State the title, the author, and an explanation of the writer’s position.

Paragraph 2: (2-3 sentences)

State the significance of the title. Include examples from the text.

Paragraph 3: (7-8 sentences)

Discuss how the poem was written, which poetic devices were used, the tone, the poet’s attitude, and the shift of the poem from the beginning to the poet’s ultimate understanding of the experience in the end. Include examples from the text.

Paragraph 4: (7-8 sentences)

Explain your interpretation of the meaning and significance of the poem. Include examples from the text.

Paragraph 5: (7-8 sentences)

Explain how the author’s history and culture influenced the poem. Use the BCCC Database to view information about Maya Angelou. Include the full citation of at least one source.

Paragraph 6: (4-5 sentence) 5 BONUS points

Discuss your closing thoughts about the poem and the author.

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