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.
good day! ! i am a student from Philippines, and we are having this subject literary criticism. i just want to ask for your approval and confirmation if we can use one of your poems to be the subject of our class critiquing.. i have chosen the poem still i rise, because of its message and structure...THANK YOU and i am hoping for your approval..GOD BLESS AND MORE POWER..
There is NO WAY Maya Angelou should be #3 after Shakespeare? ! ! Really? ! She has only done a few dozen poems. Emily Dickerson has done over 1,000. Stop with the political correctness. She might belong at the bottom of the 500 list if at all. Get real people.
I absolutely LOVE Maya Angelou, I grew up watching my sister perform Phenomenal Woman which made me read and develop a love for poetry. I even tried to write like her.....I doubt that was a goal I actually reached lol. Although her work greatly contributed to my style of writing. I remember the first time I read Still I Rise amazing!