Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Comments about Maya Angelou

  • Rookie Barack Obama (5/14/2013 7:27:00 AM)

    ay mayas ma nigga forreal

    42 person liked.
    105 person did not like.
  • Rookie James Meurant (4/23/2013 4:25:00 AM)

    When I see Maya Angelou's poetry (to dare call it such) I feel like clawing my eyes out.

  • Rookie isaac Malone (3/27/2013 9:06:00 AM)

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  • Rookie - 0 Points 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.

  • Rookie 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.

  • Rookie 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...

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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!

  • Rookie 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.)

  • Rookie 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.

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 ...

Read the full of Phenomenal Woman

The Lesson

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Children.
Memory of old tombs,
Rotting flesh and worms do
Not convince me against
The challenge. The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face.
They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live.

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