Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Comments about Maya Angelou

  • Silver Star - 4,065 Points Wahab Abdul (12/12/2013 12:18:00 AM)

    “Phenomenal Woman” is one of the powerful poems that represents the rise of hope and pride of a woman (especially African-American woman) despite the abuse, torture and neglect she has experienced. Instead of being ashamed or guilty or blaming herself, she has gained the hope and strength, which makes her the “Phenomenal Woman”. This is one self-confident woman with exceptionally strong compelling persona and very high self-esteem, who loves herself in spite of the discrimination and the exploitation from society and people. The poem uses a special and repetitious pattern in each stanza, e.g. the stanza begins with a description of society’s reaction to the woman as they notice her. These reactions are all categorized by wonderment about the vivacious woman, why she is so happy and what others see in her. Ms. Angelou expresses her feeling of a hidden frustration and anger at the society who questions the subject’s self-confidence and strength.

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  • Gold Star - 12,359 Points Douglas Scotney (12/9/2013 7:21:00 PM)

    I haven't read any of her poems and now I'm scared to. Have a look at mine and tell me if you think I ought to, and why.

  • Rookie Muhammad Abdullah (10/4/2013 10:37:00 AM)

    I don't like her, talking about men,
    SHE NEEDS TO GET MARRIED! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Rookie Jacob Weatherly (9/17/2013 2:03:00 PM)

    Thank you for your poetry. Such a gift to the world.

  • Veteran Poet - 1,911 Points p.a. noushad (9/7/2013)

    Dear Maya Angelou, your verses give me the wings and depth of life.

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  • Rookie - 472 Points Itai Oscar (6/16/2013 11:14:00 AM)

    Great work! A poetry runs in her blood...

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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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Million Man March Poem

The night has been long,
The wound has been deep,
The pit has been dark,
And the walls have been steep.

Under a dead blue sky on a distant beach,
I was dragged by my braids just beyond your reach.
Your hands were tied, your mouth was bound,
You couldn't even call out my name.

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