And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

By Maya Angelou

Those new poems are robust, exact and as continually, choked with lifting rhythms of affection and remembering.

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For healthy pers ons. all ' bodies do not have th e same significan ce, despite the fact that they all hav e roughly the same physiological features. Sexua l sig nifi- . cance must th erefore be inseparable from , but irr educibleto, the phys icalit y of the h uman bogy. For norm al per son s, that bod y is sub tende d by a strictly in divid ual 'sexua l sche ma'. In so far as sexua l sig nificance is not a given d atum for a d isembod ied consciousness, its apprehe nsion requ ires that we not rest in the actua l, in the already cons tituted realm of th ings, but that we active ly project ' o urse lves - in ou r bodily being - beyond th e given in orde r to endo w it with significance .

Trad itiona lly, speech has th erefore been di st inguished from ges ture by desi gnating the former ' a conve ntio nal sign ' and the latt er ' a natu ral Sign' . How eve r, if we go beyond the conceptual to the emo tio nal - or gestural - meaning of word s, we discover that they too possess an imman ent sig nificance . In poetry we sec most rea dily that the words th emselves express th e emotional essence of th at which they design ate. Different lan gu ages express different ways of being-in-the-world ; hen ce the nuances - ' the full meaning' - of on e cannot be rendered by an oth er, as translators kno w only too well.

Y~ curious ly eno ugh ,Sc h nei der do es not feel himself to be th e au tho r o ( his activ ities; instead they~;;;' tohim to be Jriggered off ' by t he situatio n. e~ts~ ~e~';ely~a lin k;;:; the who le· process' of e vents . L The Spatiality of the Body Itself and Motility 43 rest, hi s bod y. is a formless mas s. ovementi n to actu'a l movement'. His only...! _him and fortuitously producing an app roxima tion of th e req ues ted gesture. o n,:: s perception of the world. For Schneider, both body and world are essen tially co ngealed: thus ruling out any creativity on hi s part.

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