Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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(born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928) was an American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie.

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  • ''There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in black women. It's as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet.''
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. interview broadcast, Nov. 21, 1973. "A Conversation with Maya Angelou," Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989).
  • ...there is a difference between being convinced and being stubborn. I'm not certain what the difference is, but I do know that if you butt your head against a stone wall long enough, at some point yo...
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author and performer. As quoted in Reel Women, part 4, by Ally Acker (1991). Said in 1979, on giving up her attempt t...
  • ''...talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.''
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author and performer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 1, by Claudia Tate (1983).
  • ''I thought if war did not include killing, I'd like to see one every year.''
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), African American author and performer. Gather Together in My Name, ch. 1 (1974). On the sense of "festival" in the San Fra...
  • ''Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.''
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. Gather Together in My Name, vol. 2, ch. 6 (1974).
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  • Rookie Pat O'kennedy (11/28/2014 3:16:00 PM)

    Has the talent and skill of good poets. These poems are a joy to read.

  • Rookie - 58 Points Ali Baba (11/20/2014 10:47:00 AM)

    nice

  • Rookie - 58 Points Ali Baba (11/20/2014 10:33:00 AM)

    i agree

  • Rookie - 58 Points Ali Baba (11/20/2014 10:26:00 AM)

    I agree too

  • Rookie - 58 Points Ali Baba (11/20/2014 10:25:00 AM)

    Nice poem

  • Rookie - 2 Points Aysegul Avcu (11/18/2014 4:14:00 AM)

    I agree

  • Freshman - 2,052 Points Melikhaya Zagagana (10/27/2014 9:23:00 AM)

    We have lost a True mother, she is such an example and a great poetess.

  • Rookie - 523 Points Gigi Levin (10/21/2014 10:28:00 AM)

    Hey, which nitwit decided that Robert Frost, although a good poet, was ANY match for Maya Angelou! ? If anybody's with me, let's all help Maya reclaim her rightful spot on the top of the top 500 poets list.

  • Rookie - 449 Points Dr. Ravipal Bharshankar (9/14/2014 12:18:00 PM)

    It's a very simply said poem.

  • Rookie - 0 Points Beautyruined Byinternet (8/16/2014 10:12:00 PM)

    this automatic android audio reading thing... is miserable. it's the stupidest thing i've ever seen. it's like serving a rare top sirloin steak in a mcdonalds burger wrapper. it's like listening to gershwin in a chuck e cheese ballpit with 10,000 screaming toddlers.

    this is ridiculous.

    this form of idiocy and complete oblivious bad taste hurts poetry.

    this website which at first seemed like a usable relevant resource... now i only wish to see it banned. on a medium such as the internet where the updatable content is 99.9% trash, this website is firmly in those ranks.

    not a gem.

    just more ruinous waste.


    imagine if a person such as myself opens multiple tabs to chance read multiple poems. consider the resulting cacophony as twenty poems are automatically begun to be read by android voices. this is insane. why is it automatic? I understand some people are miserable souls with no taste... but why would you force that on everyone else by making it automatic? if a person wants trash, fine... let them click their way into the void. but trash shouldn't be forced upon us.

    and why the generated android voice. poetry is a passion. a person with passion would have read the poems themselves. not used this disgusting fake 1989 computer voicing.

    have some common sense.

    be sensible.

    disable the automatic feed.

    or better yet... get rid of this altogether.

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