Maya Angelou

“You may write me down in history” meaning you may talk what you want about me to whomever you wish. “With your bitter, twisted lies,” change up your story; talk what you want about me. “You may trod me in the very dirt” You can even push me in the dirt and step on me. “But still, like dust, I’ll rise” But after everything, just like dust rises in the air, I’ll rise. This has to be the best part of this poem; it is clear and to the point.
“Does my sassiness upset you?” Does me being confident in myself upset you? “Why are you upset with gloom?” This line is true; people love to see others fail. “’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells pumping in my living room”. She walking like she is has everything she wants and needs and has nothing to worry about.
In the next one she write “just like the moons and like suns, with the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high, still I’ll rise” She saying with certainty trouble with come her way but, like the moon and sun rises every day she will still rise above it all!
In the fourth stanza she breaks it down is says “Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops. Weakened by my soulful cries.” She means after everything that’s said, everything that she has been through, is what you wanted to see was her weak and crying over it?
“Does my haughtiness offend you?” She stating does my superior manner offend you? “Don’t you take it awful hard” Do not get mad that she is above you and bowing down to your level. “’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines diggin’ in my own back yard.” She walks like she is superior, as if she has plenty of money and is on another level.
“You may shoot me when your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me when your hatefulness, but still, like air, I will rise. “ You can call her anything you feel, give the meanest looks you can come up with and it will not affect her.
“Does my sexiness upset you?” Does it.