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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Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • Rookie Sadick Tonde (5/17/2012 8:21:00 PM)

    Maya has always been one who knows how to play with words. this poem rocks! ! ! (Report) Reply

    18 person liked.
    8 person did not like.
  • Rookie Drew Burke (5/17/2012 2:46:00 PM)

    How the hell did this make top poem? It's cliche, whats the moral here? as sexual appeared woman bending men to her whim? this is an awful poem, maybe I just Don't understand it, but to be honet this poem is disgusting and it makes me sick. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Miss Darkness (5/15/2012 1:39:00 PM)

    it's perfect love it love it love it! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jessica Dangerfield (5/9/2012 2:31:00 PM)

    This poem is what made me want to start writing poems (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ayomitan Stevens (5/8/2012 4:14:00 PM)

    Dana Anna, you miss the point of this poem totally. The opening line is the very premise on which the whole poem stands as a dismissal or nose thumbing at conventionnally defined, model-type beauty, and an affirmation of a deeper, inner beauty that mere words and description cannot capture. It relates with the vast majority of women who really are plain not pretty or beautiful. It seeks to say yeah, i'm not pretty or cute, but men and even pretty women wonder, What makes her tick, why is she so phenomenal? and when i tell them that it is about the whole of me, a wonder, an inner mystery and so i don't walk bowed or shameful, hell i'll stand with the prettiest of women and make all plain women proud and i don't evn need to shout it out...its deep, its real and it's in me what is demeaning in that (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ayomitan Stevens (5/8/2012 4:14:00 PM)

    Dana Anna, you miss the point of this poem totally. The opening line is the very premise on which the whole poem stands as a dismissal or nose thumbing at conventionnally defined, model-type beauty, and an affirmation of a deeper, inner beauty that mere words and description cannot capture. It relates with the vast majority of women who really are plain not pretty or beautiful. It seeks to say yeah, i'm not pretty or cute, but men and even pretty women wonder, What makes her tick, why is she so phenomenal? and when i tell them that it is about the whole of me, a wonder, an inner mystery and so i don't walk bowed or shameful, hell i'll stand with the prettiest of women and make all plain women proud and i don't evn need to shout it out...its deep, its real and it's in me what is demeaning in that (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Abby Doctor (5/8/2012 10:33:00 AM)

    THIS IS A SHITTY POEM (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ava Anderson (5/7/2012 8:50:00 AM)

    i agree with gerald saidi (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jann Rau (5/5/2012 11:06:00 PM)

    This poem is very clever and exceedingly well crafted, I love it. Proud, Confident and making her mark on the planet, great stuff. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maria Mateo (5/3/2012 6:17:00 PM)

    beautiful and phenomenal women that is. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gerald Saidi (5/3/2012 3:41:00 PM)

    Phenomenal indeed, well crafted uplifting piece that invokes a sense of pride! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anji Carter (4/17/2012 7:24:00 AM)

    I loved this, made me feel more confident about the parts of me that are so essentially woman! Thank you Maya (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 100 Points Faleeha Hassan (4/17/2012 1:33:00 AM)

    Iraqi poet I love every word written by your pen you
    I have translated the poem (men) and published in a number of cultural sites such as the Arabic-language site (civilized dialogue) and (critic of Iraq) and other

    faleeha hassan (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phoebe Schipp (4/15/2012 3:30:00 PM)

    IEMPOWERING I need a shot of this every day. Until we wonen can see ourselves in our own inner mirror no one outside will see us for who we really are. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dana Anna (4/11/2012 9:44:00 PM)

    To Marilyn: I feel sorry for your lack of inner self worth, your lack of art, your lack of seeing what it is. I, a woman, dislike this poem, and I pity YOU. I pity your narrow outlook on the world and aesthetic perception. If all you judge art by is the amount of emotion it expresses, would you consider an unruly mob screaming f-bombs at a politician to be great art? I find this poem crude and simplistic, full of cliches and clunky rhythm, as well as a sense of self importance. I also find it ironic how this is considered THE poem for celebrating all women, yet the opening line is dismissive and haughty towards typically pretty women. It doesn't celebrate woman as a whole, it celebrates ONE woman: Maya. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Canelove (4/9/2012 9:55:00 PM)

    This kid is the best http: //www.poemhunter.com/jeremy-m-dreher/ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie inomusa Ndlovu (4/5/2012 10:45:00 PM)

    cant explain better, agree with u Marilyn (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marilyn Oliva (4/4/2012 11:02:00 AM)

    To those who see this as a poem with out meaning, to women who see it as just words or as #1 just because it is written about women, I feel sorry for your lack of inner self worth, your lack of art, your lack of seeing what it is. It's seeing that in EVERY woman, large, curvy, skinny, short, tall, flat, in EVERY woman, there IS beauty. Poetry throughout history does not flow with the standard forms of grammar, it flows with feeling and emotion. This is a poem a woman with self confidence, who doesn't need a man to give her self worth, can feel inside of herself. Just reading it, I feel pride in myself, showing my hips, the curve of my lips, swing of my waist, flash of my teeth, fire of my eyes. This poem is about WOMAN! It's number one because of the emotion it brings, not because of the way it flows to those who have no artistic soul. (Report) Reply










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