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On Aging Summary & Analysis
by Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou's "On Aging" calls on younger people to treat their seniors with understanding and respect. Published in the collection And Still I Rise in 1978, the year the poet turned 50, "On Aging" strikes back against stereotypes of older people as lonely, pitiable, and helpless. It corrects these assumptions with blunt humor, expressing the speaker's independence and vitality.

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