Some of maya angelou famous poems

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Poems by Maya Angelou

What is it like to be a woman of colour with brilliant intellectual and linguistic power? Is it a blessing, is it a curse, is it both at the same time? Isnt it just being human, in the end?

Maya Angelous poems have accompanied my teaching for a very long time. Her direct, honest words fit any human rights discussions, any debates on racism and misogyny, any reflections on the distribution of wealth and power, privilege and entitlement. Her hopes and fears, her dreams and nightmares are the stuff that humans are made on. She gives everyday life an artistically powerful voice, speaking loudly and confidently from the corner of society that unfortunately still remains invisible or indifferent to those in power.

But Maya Angelou is more than just a writer speaking for those without words of their own. She celebrates love, anger, sadness, community and loneliness from the perspective of individual experience, putting a specific, unique person in focus rather than an underprivileged group. She finds beauty in self-confidence rather than prettiness, in effort rather than accomplishment, in dreams rather than status. Hers is a world that CAN BE - if you believe in yourself.

I will let her speak for herself, and hope her words help those of us who turned out a bit shy, or short, or insecure, or invisible, or overlooked, to grow an inch while reading:

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
Im not cute or built to suit a fashion models size
But when I start to tell them,
They think Im telling lies.
I say,
Its in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
Im a woman
Phenomenal woman,
Thats me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
Its the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
Im a woman
Phenomenal woman,
Thats me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they cant touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still cant see.
I say,
Its in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
Im a woman

Phenomenal woman,
Thats me.

Now you understand
Just why my heads not bowed.
I dont shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
Its in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
Cause Im a woman
Phenomenal woman,
Thats me.

Thats her. Shes phenomenal.
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Her list of professions is long and diverse:, author, playwright, civil rights activist, film producer, professor, television producer, film director, actress, dancer, and finally, a poet.
Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou , an African-American writer who is best known for her seven autobiographies , was also a prolific and successful poet. She has been called "the black woman's poet laureate", and her poems have been called the anthems of African Americans. She became a poet after a series of occupations as a young adult, including as a cast member of a European tour of Porgy and Bess , and a performer of calypso music in nightclubs in the s. Many of the songs she wrote during that period later found their way to her later poetry collections. She eventually gave up performing for a writing career. Despite considering herself a poet and playwright, she wrote Caged Bird in , which brought her international recognition and acclaim.

An acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. As a civil rights activist, Angelou worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By , wrote Carol E. Angelou was awarded over 50 honorary degrees before her death. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas, where she lived with her brother and paternal grandmother.

She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.
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Maya Angelou Poems

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  1. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson , Maya Angelou was an African American writer who is most famous for her poems and seven autobiographies.

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