Beyonce pays tribute to the late Maya Angelou quoting the author’s poignant poem: ‘You may write me down..with your twisted lies’

Following Beyonce's recent lift saga, and subsequent no show at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding, the singer has taken to instagram to pay tribute to late author and poet Maya Angelou.

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by Jessica Anais Rach |
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The singer penned Angelou's famous 'Still I rise' poem, before sharing it on her instagram page.

The poem, which seems especially timely given the recent rumours surrounding Beyonce and Jay Z's marriage following Solange's 'attack' on the rapper in a lift at the Met gala, reads:

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Beyonce and Jay Z's relationship has been in the spotlight following leaked footage of Solange's lift outburst

Don’t you take it awful hard

‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Maya Angelou sadly passed away today, aged 86

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Famous American author, poet, playwriter and prominent civil rights activist Maya Angelou passed away today, aged 86.

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