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.
good day! ! i am a student from Philippines, and we are having this subject literary criticism. i just want to ask for your approval and confirmation if we can use one of your poems to be the subject of our class critiquing.. i have chosen the poem still i rise, because of its message and structure...THANK YOU and i am hoping for your approval..GOD BLESS AND MORE POWER..
There is NO WAY Maya Angelou should be #3 after Shakespeare? ! ! Really? ! She has only done a few dozen poems. Emily Dickerson has done over 1,000. Stop with the political correctness. She might belong at the bottom of the 500 list if at all. Get real people.
I absolutely LOVE Maya Angelou, I grew up watching my sister perform Phenomenal Woman which made me read and develop a love for poetry. I even tried to write like her.....I doubt that was a goal I actually reached lol. Although her work greatly contributed to my style of writing. I remember the first time I read Still I Rise amazing!
I have read some of your poems and become your fan. I am a poet of Bangladesh, generally compose poems in Bangla, have some short poems in English version. I wish you read some of my poems and threw your comments. Is it possible for you. You are such a poet who has keen eyes and who knows how to play with words and how to offer a new message. I salute you.