And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

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By Maya Angelou

Those new poems are robust, specified and as constantly, filled with lifting rhythms of affection and remembering.

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The pervasive model Honoria suggests was evidently not offensive to the Langham Place Circle responsible for the EWJ, whose readers may have agreed that Honoria was suitably honored by Patmore for her feminine role. Pauline A. Nestor contends, “In the broadest terms the magazine was non-literary and non-popular in its orientation,” but the EWJ published relative large amounts of poetry compared to the sparse offerings evident in a similar feminist publication, The Victoria Magazine, and its aesthetic is continuous with poetry from more popular women’s periodicals (97).

Yet Ada Ballin’s poem in May 1900 shows that modern women still prefer companionship over public acclamation. In “A Successful Woman,” Ballin (A. S. ) claims that fame, honor, and wealth have come at too dear a cost: “ ‘twere better to pass through the world unknown / With hands to clasp and lips to kiss, / Than to gain an eminence such as this / And to stand on a height alone” (432). The privileging of intimate relationships over wealth and fame clearly shows that the threat posed by the New Woman model to domestic ideology was benign.

As a working-class poet and editor of Eliza Cook’s Journal (1849–1854), Eliza Cook demonstrates the transcending nature of domestic ideology and contradictions of class and gender in Victorian periodicals. ” Her success with these people caused her to realize that her poetry, her “sou’s measure of music” had a purpose: “I held power over the affections of the earth” (“Word” 1). This dramatic claim demonstrates the benefits of writing poetry for Cook, who is inspired by her ability to enhance people’s lives.

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