Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Comments about Maya Angelou

  • Rookie John Evans (11/16/2012 7:11:00 PM)

    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.

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  • Rookie Allan Rofer (11/1/2012 8:52:00 AM)

    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.

  • Rookie Kacie Sherman (10/11/2012 8:15:00 PM)

    well she is so live with it

  • Rookie Kacie Sherman (10/11/2012 8:13:00 PM)

    dear James Mcfapping_
    truck off

  • Rookie Cindy Cato (9/23/2012 3:42:00 PM)

    I just love her poetry she has heart (IN AND OUT OF TIME) is wonderful all of poems are beautiful.

  • Rookie Bernadeth Navarrete (9/2/2012 3:19:00 AM)

    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..

  • Rookie Chris H. (8/5/2012 8:09:00 PM)

    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.

  • Rookie Alexis ... (7/3/2012 5:59:00 PM)

    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!

  • Rookie Pearlsof Poetry (5/19/2012 1:29:00 AM)

    It’s cool how you can create so many different poems and sentences with just a few words. Brillant post!

    But i Loved this poem more -
    http: //pearlsofpoetry.tk/babys-world/

  • Rookie - 24 Points isam Abdelrahman (5/15/2012 11:05:00 PM)

    This poem comes out of heart without make-up, stark naked as a beautiful new born baby; it is reallya poem

Best Poem of Maya Angelou

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you? ...

Read the full of Still I Rise

The Lesson

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Children.
Memory of old tombs,
Rotting flesh and worms do
Not convince me against
The challenge. The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face.
They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live.

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