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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Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • Rookie Kaley Deweese (5/31/2012 2:53:00 PM)

    I love this! ! ! ! Maya Angelou, you just made my day! ! [3 (Report) Reply

    7 person liked.
    6 person did not like.
  • Rookie Sandra Bellenie (5/28/2012 10:13:00 AM)

    I loved this poem. It's funny, uplifting, very tongue in cheek & made me smile. I think any woman who is feeling down, or lacks confidence should read this poem. She's not bragging or taking herself seriously, she's just saying 'I'm confident, I'm proud of who I am, I'm happy in my own skin, take me as you find me' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rayona Dawson-spencer (5/27/2012 10:00:00 AM)

    I Love This Poem Because it describes me, that what my aunt told me before she died.see her ane me are Phenomenal Women yes the two of us, we (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jane Calamity (5/18/2012 1:50:00 PM)

    I like poo; do you?
    That is the question I ask
    I know that I do

    Some do not like it
    I cannot tell why they don't
    They must learn to sit

    Sometimes I worry
    That not everyone is smart
    As my mum's curry

    I am a Haiku
    Do not ponder or fret for
    It is very true

    Paracetamol
    Take a paracetamol
    Paracetamol (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sadick Tonde (5/17/2012 8:21:00 PM)

    Maya has always been one who knows how to play with words. this poem rocks! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Drew Burke (5/17/2012 2:46:00 PM)

    How the hell did this make top poem? It's cliche, whats the moral here? as sexual appeared woman bending men to her whim? this is an awful poem, maybe I just Don't understand it, but to be honet this poem is disgusting and it makes me sick. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Miss Darkness (5/15/2012 1:39:00 PM)

    it's perfect love it love it love it! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jessica Dangerfield (5/9/2012 2:31:00 PM)

    This poem is what made me want to start writing poems (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ayomitan Stevens (5/8/2012 4:14:00 PM)

    Dana Anna, you miss the point of this poem totally. The opening line is the very premise on which the whole poem stands as a dismissal or nose thumbing at conventionnally defined, model-type beauty, and an affirmation of a deeper, inner beauty that mere words and description cannot capture. It relates with the vast majority of women who really are plain not pretty or beautiful. It seeks to say yeah, i'm not pretty or cute, but men and even pretty women wonder, What makes her tick, why is she so phenomenal? and when i tell them that it is about the whole of me, a wonder, an inner mystery and so i don't walk bowed or shameful, hell i'll stand with the prettiest of women and make all plain women proud and i don't evn need to shout it out...its deep, its real and it's in me what is demeaning in that (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ayomitan Stevens (5/8/2012 4:14:00 PM)

    Dana Anna, you miss the point of this poem totally. The opening line is the very premise on which the whole poem stands as a dismissal or nose thumbing at conventionnally defined, model-type beauty, and an affirmation of a deeper, inner beauty that mere words and description cannot capture. It relates with the vast majority of women who really are plain not pretty or beautiful. It seeks to say yeah, i'm not pretty or cute, but men and even pretty women wonder, What makes her tick, why is she so phenomenal? and when i tell them that it is about the whole of me, a wonder, an inner mystery and so i don't walk bowed or shameful, hell i'll stand with the prettiest of women and make all plain women proud and i don't evn need to shout it out...its deep, its real and it's in me what is demeaning in that (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Abby Doctor (5/8/2012 10:33:00 AM)

    THIS IS A SHITTY POEM (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ava Anderson (5/7/2012 8:50:00 AM)

    i agree with gerald saidi (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jann Rau (5/5/2012 11:06:00 PM)

    This poem is very clever and exceedingly well crafted, I love it. Proud, Confident and making her mark on the planet, great stuff. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maria Mateo (5/3/2012 6:17:00 PM)

    beautiful and phenomenal women that is. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gerald Saidi (5/3/2012 3:41:00 PM)

    Phenomenal indeed, well crafted uplifting piece that invokes a sense of pride! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anji Carter (4/17/2012 7:24:00 AM)

    I loved this, made me feel more confident about the parts of me that are so essentially woman! Thank you Maya (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 100 Points Faleeha Hassan (4/17/2012 1:33:00 AM)

    Iraqi poet I love every word written by your pen you
    I have translated the poem (men) and published in a number of cultural sites such as the Arabic-language site (civilized dialogue) and (critic of Iraq) and other

    faleeha hassan (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phoebe Schipp (4/15/2012 3:30:00 PM)

    IEMPOWERING I need a shot of this every day. Until we wonen can see ourselves in our own inner mirror no one outside will see us for who we really are. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dana Anna (4/11/2012 9:44:00 PM)

    To Marilyn: I feel sorry for your lack of inner self worth, your lack of art, your lack of seeing what it is. I, a woman, dislike this poem, and I pity YOU. I pity your narrow outlook on the world and aesthetic perception. If all you judge art by is the amount of emotion it expresses, would you consider an unruly mob screaming f-bombs at a politician to be great art? I find this poem crude and simplistic, full of cliches and clunky rhythm, as well as a sense of self importance. I also find it ironic how this is considered THE poem for celebrating all women, yet the opening line is dismissive and haughty towards typically pretty women. It doesn't celebrate woman as a whole, it celebrates ONE woman: Maya. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Canelove (4/9/2012 9:55:00 PM)

    This kid is the best http: //www.poemhunter.com/jeremy-m-dreher/ (Report) Reply










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