Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Comments about Maya Angelou

  • Tapas Bandyopadhaya (9/10/2006 12:44:00 AM)

    I dont see why this poem should be number one. Feminism? As poetry its certainly no great shakes. Certainly 'Love after Love' by Derek Walcott is far superios. To me this poem doesnt deserve to make it to the top 500.

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  • Debra Schall (8/12/2006 9:27:00 AM)

    Wow, each time I read Maya's poetry it brings strength to my soul. I've been a fan for over 20 years and still, Phenomenal Woman and I Rise, lift my heart with joy. Thank You Ms. Angelou.

  • Kristin Davis (7/9/2006 4:34:00 PM)

    I am one who wont be caught standing in the sub lines, nor will I stand behind you Maya... I'm right there side by side walkin' every step w/ you adding more rhythm to that 'phenomenal' glide. I've always been an inspired fan of yours. You've always been a personal inspiration to me. A woman who's succeeded to many lengths and proved many unspeakable times just how strong, independent, and truly magnificent she it! This piece along w/ many others Ms Angelou has written, sung, screen played, produced, ect. will never be forgotten and has and will forevermore continue to mold me for who I am today and for who I will be tomorrow!

    Kristin Davis

  • A Coleman (2/7/2006 8:51:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is one of the best poets whose work I ever read. She speaks the truth and brings up many topics that many ignore

  • Lorna Gero (1/30/2006 5:13:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is one of the most empowering, influential, inspiring woman whose poetry I read on a daily basis to empower my soul. She is a Phenomenal Woman.
    Each one of the lines in her poems has a profound impact on all woman alike and yes, men too.
    Good Bless

  • T. Johnson (10/6/2005 10:35:00 AM)

    I beleive that poetry in itself is an art form. Art then, is individual creativity, emotion and expression, by my definition. Therefore, although many choose to judge a poem by strict poetics and poetic forms, in my best opinion, poetry should come from the heart and not be dominated by whether or not in some else's opinion, the poem is not structurally sound. Therefore, Maya Angelou's poems are not simply prose, they are an art form within themselves! Who would judge Michelangelo's or Rembrandt's art? Therefore Maya's poems as well are art. They move and inspire people. The content of her poems far outweigh any traditional structure that many obsess about. The aesthetics and meaning behind her words are simply put, magnificent! In my opinion, she's one of the best poets around!

    Thank-you for letting me share my insight!

  • Lea Ann De Leon (9/28/2005 11:07:00 PM)

    I have had the privilage to listen to Maya Angelou speek tonight. It was the most incredible experience I have ever had. She had a presence like no other person. Her voice was hypnotizing and her words were filled with wisdom. I stood 20 feet away from such an amazing person and it will change me for the rest of my life. She is beautiful.

    And she is such a funny and witty person.

  • Chris Russ (9/21/2005 5:48:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is lyrical in her poetry form. Her poetry speaks of the depths of human soul and of human imagination. Her life in itself is an inspiration because it is what she draws on to write poetry. If you would like to know more about Maya Angelou I would read her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • Allison Eddy (8/23/2005 8:45:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational and wisest people that has ever walked this earth. Through everything no matter what she has risen above. Her poetry and her words of wisdom inspire me through everyday life.

    She is a beautiful person and if by chance I would one day be in the same room as her it would be a blessing and an honour.

  • Ronell Warren Alman Ronell Warren Alman (12/10/2004 2:58:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is a wonderful human being. Excellent poetry writer. She really makes you think about all facets of human nature. I am very inspired by her. She is one of my favorite poets. I am really touched by her poem 'Touched By An Angel'! ! ! !

Best Poem of Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my ...

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Touched By An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies

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