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Africa

Africa

by Maya Angelou

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Quote #4

now she is striding
although she has lain. (25-26)

The end of the poem creates an image that hearkens back to the strongly personified images of the first stanza. Africa isn't just rising – she's a woman who's striding into the future. The parallel between the first and the last lines makes this progression something like a return to the magnificence of the long-ago past as well. Talk about empowerment!

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