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This essay will provide a critical appreciation of two poems The first poem discussed will be Still I rise by Maya Angelou the second poem will be Absence by Elizabeth Jennings A description of the subject matter and ideas contained in each poem will be included Techniques used in the presentation will be discussed and how effective they are in helping convey an overall meaning Rhyme rhythm imagery form and theme will be elements used to understand and analyse the poems Evidence for conclusion will be highlighted by identifying specific lines or words in each poem This essay will then go on to provide a critical reflection on my own thoughts about the two poems and will include comments on any themes images or structure which they shared or which were different from each otherOn reading the poem Still I rise by Maya Angelou I found it to be a poem of hope The title itself is personal as she uses I indicating the poem could be reflecting on the hardships Maya Angelou has suffered throughout her life and the tough upbringing she had The title is also written using capital letters suggesting the author is actually shouting Still I rise to me suggest no matter what has happened in the past Angelou will always rise On reaching the last few lines of the poem I am the dream and the hope of the slave it came apparent to me that the poem was about black slavery This poem has a lot of emotion attached to it the more I read the poem the more emotional I felt Techniques used in the presentation of the poem are made evident in the first two words of the poem The words You may stand out as the rest of the poem is indented This suggests to me that Angelou is directing the poem at her perceived oppressors and she wants you as the reader to know
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