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The themes in both Still I Rise and Sympathy are very apparent With such expressful words and phrases both authors convey the true meaning and theme of each poem In Still I Rise the reader sees the theme as self-respect With phrases such as You may shoot me with your words you may cut me with your eyes but still like air Ill rise Lines 2526 and 28 the reader sees that Angelou is explaining how someone could possibly put her down and somehow she will overcome it with self-esteem In Sympathy the reader sees that the theme is all about discovering how a caged bird feels The author exemplifies this by repeating the phrase I know why the caged bird sings Lines 1781415 and 21 Then he goes into detail and explains how he has made that discovery It is not a carol of joy or glee but a prayer that he sends from his hearts deep core Lines 18 and 19 Till its blood is red on the cruel bars for he must fly back to his perch and cling Lines 9 and 10 Dunbar explains why the caged bird is still singing while it is being put through so much pain Such expressful words can truly convey what the thesis and main idea are in each poem Both Still I Rise and Sympathy have different tones but are expressed in the same way Each of these tones are expressed in a form of imagery In Sympathy Dunbar writes Till its blood is red on the cruel bars Line 9 The reader can get a sense that the tone is sympathetic because the author gives an example of sympathetic imagery which conveys the authors tone And a pain still throbs in the old old scars and they pulse again with a keener sting Lines 12 and 13 This quote displays imagery which also gives the reader a sense of the authors sympathetic
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