Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Comments about Maya Angelou

  • Biswajit Basu (3/2/2013 5:14:00 AM)

    Why must we compare? Maya is a poet...period. She is black...period. She is a woman...period. These are all incidental attibutes. What has it got to do with her poetry which, I am sure, was never written in a spirit of competition with other poets. She is good and that is it. Let's just accept that and forget the rating of #1.

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  • Reinier Steven Van Ramshorst (2/22/2013 7:55:00 PM)

    She's not bad. Her #1 position is laughable. It's a symptom of our present tendency of totalitarian politization and the primacy of context over content. Stop talking about blackness and women and poverty, tell me why this human being can write.

  • Disareay Masterman (2/22/2013 7:45:00 AM)

    I've read Woman Work and a woman is never done cause they have mouth to feed, house to clean tend to there men's needs, tend to the sick etc...

  • Khristonya Mills (2/7/2013 5:31:00 PM)

    to Chris H, Allan Rofer, and Joe Walter, , - - u guys are just jealous that shes WAY WAY better than u guys, u have no right to judge someone like this. Is it becuz she's a woman, because she's black? just fudge off, JUST DEAL WITH IT, im SURE u would not like me to say ur all girly bcuz ur researching peoms, which is at the least a girly thing expecially peoms by women

    thx very much, .........and boys......TAKE a step back the GIRLS ARE PHENOMENAL
    TATA, YOLO
    AH-BUH-BYE

  • Darwin Wesby (1/15/2013 12:29:00 AM)

    A phenomenal poet who has inspired many lives through her literature that walks into our everyday life and points out the things that our multi-tasking lives have so little to catch up on. Her poems educate our classrooms of trials, conflict, struggle and hope and at the end give us a lesson that dresses the naked eyes with a solid Armour of confidence. All in all I am grateful we have a stalwart to have graced our time of living!

  • Monai Williams Monai Williams (12/18/2012 9:29:00 PM)

    Well to this Joe Walter' she is. Obviously a wonderful stutter so step off. She's first on the list. Some poeple thinks better than Shakespeare. I bet she's a million times better than u. I bet you couldn't write a good poem to save your life. So don't judge some one else.
    -Monai Williams
    (Btw, there are people who think her poems are like art in words.)

  • Joe Walter (12/11/2012 12:00:00 PM)

    Number one on this list? Are you kidding me? She shouldnt even be spoken of in the same sentence as a hundred other poets on this list... Top 500, if she made that i'd be suprised and intrigued, but top 300? 200? 100! ? Ignorance... Step down Shakespeare, Burns and Pope the world has forgotten how to read you.

  • John Evans 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.

  • 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.

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

    well she is so live with it

Best Poem of Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman

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,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's 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,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my ...

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Million Man March Poem

The night has been long,
The wound has been deep,
The pit has been dark,
And the walls have been steep.

Under a dead blue sky on a distant beach,
I was dragged by my braids just beyond your reach.
Your hands were tied, your mouth was bound,
You couldn't even call out my name.

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