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Much of todays society has become influenced by the world of massmedia Magazines radio stations and television have started to becomemore popular than the classic and more informative book Many peoplewould rather press the on button of a remote than turn the page of afamous novel On the other hand I chose to read an educationalhardback I also happen to be influenced by one of the worlds mostadmirable writers Maya Angelou Her writing her life story and herimpact on the world has influenced meIt was not until middle school when I was given the opportunity to readone of Mayas most popular poems Still I Rise Still I Risehelped me relate to her pain her strength and her black pride I wasmost attracted to her poetic attitude within the poem You may shootme with your words You may cut me with your eyes You may kill me withyour hatefulness But still like air Ill rise has taught me thateven though there will be pain sorrow and tears it is our internalspirit that keeps us going The more we are physically torn down thehigher our internal spirit rises like the morning sunMayas autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings has affected me inmany ways I was able to reflect upon my embarrassing moments my roughtimes and my successful times Even though she was raised during a timewhen racism was at its horrid peak I could still relate to herchildhood experiences In her autobiography I can recall a time whereas young children she and her brother were sent across the UnitedStates to live with their grandmother When I was two years old mymother also sent me across the United States to live with my sisterMaya also experienced her first real death around the same age as I did Like Maya as a teen I was able to meet someone who I will alwaysadmire as a teacher I look up to my English and African AmericanLiterature teacher
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