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Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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,
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  • Rookie Jovena Chia (1/17/2012 4:40:00 AM)

    i hav read ur poems n they rawk u r so good at it man i wonder where u cme up with it i really like ur poems n hope u will post more of it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Salema Khatun (1/9/2012 7:44:00 AM)

    woman phenomenally woman..a very lucid poem..it is heart touching tooo...i hv written ' an idea of an idea' readers can consider to read it. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,123 Points Wahab Abdul (1/7/2012 9:02:00 AM)

    i like this poem for its simplicity.and the same time for its wider significance..i hv composed on human being, readers can read 'whom do i belong to? ' (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Judith Furedi (12/26/2011 11:17:00 AM)

    I do not think it deserves to be rated #1. There are many more phenomenal poems than this one, both contemporary and classical.

    This choice as #1 is a politically correct one by feminists. I am a woman but I am a poet first. I'd like to keep politics out of poetry. Maya Angelou is a phenomenal woman - however, this poem isn't necessarily. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alm0streal Alm0streal (12/10/2011 6:56:00 PM)

    I think your missing the point- this is a poem that's giving something rather than describing something- she's aware she's not the most beautiful thing in the world, but by making herself the subject it's telling woman how they should make themselves the subject of their confidence and create it themselves, its basically a self- confidence poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Assorted Thoughts (12/9/2011 10:52:00 PM)

    I agree Watson, this is horribly pretentious and elemental. It appears to be taken from the diary of a 4th grader...Not like I'm any better but this is #1? ? ?
    No offense to Miss Angelou, her other poems have much more promise than this 1 in my unsubstantiated opinion : o) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ashley Woods (12/6/2011 6:31:00 PM)

    To the below comment, this IS an amazing poem. Maya Angelou endured many many hardships in her life, and she is a wonderful poet. She is not bragging, she is confident in herself as a woman, just like every other woman should be.

    'It's the fire in my eyes,
    And the flash of my teeth,
    The swing in my waist,
    And the joy in my feet.
    I'm a woman
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.'

    How wonderful that she finds joy in herself and believes herself to be a phenomenal woman, and her poem is number one on this website... that's pretty amazing... Phenomenal, if you may. :) (Report) Reply

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