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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8.4 / 10 ( 2,839 votes )

Comments about this poem (Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou )

  • Rookie Chante Keyter (2/27/2012 11:15:00 AM)

    That's really good, just reading it makes me feel confident, and that I'm a phenomenal woman... Great stuff! (Report) Reply

    30 person liked.
    15 person did not like.
  • Rookie Maanvi . (2/25/2012 4:10:00 AM)

    Every time, I read this poem, I am awestruck by it's beauty.
    Every time. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maanvi . (2/25/2012 4:09:00 AM)

    Every time I read this poem, I am stunned by its beauty.
    Every time. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,521 Points Neela Nath (2/23/2012 10:16:00 AM)

    I just get awestruck when I read her poems. Hers is the dynamic diction that flows the feeling to its shore. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dijon Noble (2/22/2012 12:37:00 AM)

    I enjoyed this poem, very eloquent (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Madeline Schmidt (2/18/2012 10:46:00 AM)

    if youre criticizing her on her work, then youre freaking retarded, not beccause this is good, but because she's like 83 years old, and kindof a famous poet. she will not see it. you are all dumb. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/12/2012 7:33:00 AM)

    Its true picturisation of a woman by a woman, may possible I cant reach so deep.good poem indeed, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shay Lovesonedirection<3 (2/10/2012 5:02:00 PM)

    I love this! You're very talented and inspirational. Never stop writing, Maya. This was amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alexis Jordan (2/9/2012 6:15:00 PM)

    That's such a great poem! You need to publish that (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Magenta Hart (2/7/2012 10:22:00 PM)

    i admit you have a rather good rythm for these types of poems.......but i'm just not impressed
    i suggest digging deeper into the caverns of your heart and a little less into your soul (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephen Shindler (2/7/2012 1:20:00 PM)

    I used to be a phenomenal women until I took a Y chromosome to the DNA. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mc 6809e (2/7/2012 3:12:00 AM)

    Anyone that believes this is a great poem hasn't bothered to read anything else. A truly great poet would have at minimum played with the two meanings of the word phenomenal. Instead we get a very common poem that does nothing but repeat over and over just how great the poet is supposed to be. I'm not convinced. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 291 Points Nasarudheen Parameswaran (2/6/2012 9:55:00 PM)

    Women are women; destined for joining Man and to His sharing of pleasure. Well said. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Steven Cooney (2/6/2012 6:28:00 PM)

    Maya is so great. Simply reading her works has helped me in my poetry.
    I just posted a poem to this website for the first time, I'd appreciate it if you could check it out, and possibly give me some tips? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephen Shindler (2/6/2012 1:24:00 PM)

    I really like toydels... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Sagar Shelar (2/6/2012 12:19:00 PM)

    Really great poem. It represent woman's emotions in Silent but Musical way. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Sagar Shelar (2/6/2012 12:05:00 PM)

    Really great poem. It shows woman's emotions in Silent but Musical way. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deja Calhoun (2/6/2012 11:21:00 AM)

    love this poem so uplifting (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 41 Points Leonard Dabydeen (2/4/2012 2:40:00 AM)

    Black phenomenal...'I don't shout or jump about/Or have to talk real loud'. Sensationally proud woman. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lavion Bell (1/30/2012 9:37:00 AM)

    so great its one of the best i every read try I Remember that a good one to (Report) Reply

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