Why must we compare? Maya is a poet...period. She is black...period. She is a woman...period. These are all incidental attibutes. What has it got to do with her poetry which, I am sure, was never written in a spirit of competition with other poets. She is good and that is it. Let's just accept that and forget the rating of #1.
She's not bad. Her #1 position is laughable. It's a symptom of our present tendency of totalitarian politization and the primacy of context over content. Stop talking about blackness and women and poverty, tell me why this human being can write.
to Chris H, Allan Rofer, and Joe Walter, , - - u guys are just jealous that shes WAY WAY better than u guys, u have no right to judge someone like this. Is it becuz she's a woman, because she's black? just fudge off, JUST DEAL WITH IT, im SURE u would not like me to say ur all girly bcuz ur researching peoms, which is at the least a girly thing expecially peoms by women
thx very much, .........and boys......TAKE a step back the GIRLS ARE PHENOMENAL
A phenomenal poet who has inspired many lives through her literature that walks into our everyday life and points out the things that our multi-tasking lives have so little to catch up on. Her poems educate our classrooms of trials, conflict, struggle and hope and at the end give us a lesson that dresses the naked eyes with a solid Armour of confidence. All in all I am grateful we have a stalwart to have graced our time of living!
Well to this Joe Walter' she is. Obviously a wonderful stutter so step off. She's first on the list. Some poeple thinks better than Shakespeare. I bet she's a million times better than u. I bet you couldn't write a good poem to save your life. So don't judge some one else.
(Btw, there are people who think her poems are like art in words.)
Number one on this list? Are you kidding me? She shouldnt even be spoken of in the same sentence as a hundred other poets on this list... Top 500, if she made that i'd be suprised and intrigued, but top 300? 200? 100! ? Ignorance... Step down Shakespeare, Burns and Pope the world has forgotten how to read you.
Maya Angelou writes and speaks with such depth and substance; a true inner wisdom which transform the reader to better their inner self. Personally, my poetry is as of an infantile crawl compared to such a metaphoric genius and stateswoman as Maya Angelou! She has gained my vote not only for women's rights but for the great lady (and poetess) , she truly is. Thank You Maya for helping me to reach for the stars.
There is no way in the world that Phenomenal Woman is a better poem than any Robert Frost poem. Was the vote manipulated by some special interest group? The poetic structure is very poor: compare its format and rhyming with The Road Not Taken, for example.
I just joined this group, so I may be repeating other comments. But I think the members of this site need a reality check here.