Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Phenomenal Woman Poem by Maya Angelou


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,
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Topic of this poem: beautiful

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Comments about this poem (Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou )

  • Freshman - 538 Points Pamela Leschevin D'ere (3/28/2015 8:27:00 AM)

    Wow what a woman! Bravo, that's something to remember, I just read about forgetfullness, and can't retain a single line, but yours is truly PHENOMENAL in all its many senses, colors, sounds of clicking heals, proud rise of head, all women should be able to read this poem...even the most beautiful... it'll make them even more beautiful inside. All men too, so that they'll take a second look at what lies behind the body and mind of such a phenomene called WOMAN...Panmelys (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 58 Points Rajeev Moothedath (3/16/2015 7:17:00 AM)

    Loved the poem and also its rendition-Beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Ahmet Temur (3/14/2015 7:35:00 AM)

    A phenomenal poem by a phenomenal poet. Her confidencemen. (Report) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jim Dilger (3/9/2015 1:25:00 PM)

    This. is. a. poem! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,164 Points Roy Allen (3/9/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    Great poetry portraying the power of womanhood (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,043 Points Kim Barney (3/8/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    A phenomenal poem by a phenomenal poet. Her confidence really shows in this one. Fittingly chosen as Poem of the Day, since I just learned this morning that today is International Day of Women. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/8/2015 9:37:00 AM)

    love this poem and the spirit of Maya Angelou her outburst is just for humanity that valued life (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 162 Points Daniela Mercelina (3/3/2015 5:50:00 PM)

    Such a powerful poem Love it! ! ! !
    It got me thinking on my mom and grandma #My phenomenal womans (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Asipau Pamela Mcmoore Plouffe (3/2/2015 1:18:00 AM)

    Maya fully grasped the meaning of a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. It's that mature woman, aged as fine wine, by living life to the full. I can't help but see this poem as a self portrait, if I may, of Maya Angelou, the Phenomenal Woman. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 23 Points Mike Hammer (2/26/2015 7:14:00 AM)

    Good (Report) Reply

  • Rookie IAm Tajera (2/20/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    I think what this is basically trying to say is that people go with how you act. So if you dont respect yourself people wont respect you. But if you do respect yourself then you will be shown a whole new level of respect towards you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie shekemi Johnson (2/14/2015 11:08:00 PM)

    This is for all authentic women. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Abdulghany Barakat (2/13/2015 2:31:00 AM)

    Coooool (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Giant Medieval Sword (2/10/2015 9:59:00 PM)

    This poem gave me Ebola (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 228 Points Rajesh Narayanan (2/4/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    Loved ir (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 37 Points Swagger Mcjagger (1/30/2015 11:45:00 AM)

    This poem gave me aids Already Reported Reply

    Bronze Star - 2,070 Points Soul Watcher (3/17/2015 9:03:00 AM)

    You're right.. It's really nice.

  • Gold Star - 5,608 Points Luo Zhihai (1/18/2015 2:19:00 PM)

    The stride of my step,
    The curl of my lips.

    So pretty! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ashley Green (1/15/2015 5:38:00 AM)

    Her words are so wooing.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 112 Points Sergio Savioli (1/14/2015 3:49:00 AM)

    Nothing if not swaggeringly self confident. Is it just me or can I hear a waterfall of tears too? Maybe not. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 112 Points Sergio Savioli (1/14/2015 3:44:00 AM)

    Nothing if not swaggeringly self confident!
    Or is it?
    Do I also hear a waterfall of tears? (Report) Reply



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