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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Topic(s) of this poem: beautiful

Comments about Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

  • Veteran Poet - 1,902 Points p.a. noushad (6/19/2008 4:08:00 AM)

    the unique character of the woman which keeps her identity in the universal soul. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Ivan Cheong (6/14/2008 9:19:00 PM)

    I think she's kind of hate the men....she thought men only see the superficial things...though she got the inner beauty.....nobody appreciates or is able to go inside her world....lack of empathy...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gur Liraz (6/9/2008 4:46:00 PM)

    Woo Haa! Amen! Haleluja! ! ! !

    With regards, Every last one of us. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ken.e Hall (5/31/2008 7:51:00 AM)

    feministic genius you are miss Maya, Pretty woman walking down the street I loves you all, Kind regards (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Khanyisile Cele (5/29/2008 5:18:00 AM)

    Its like when you wrote this poem you had me in mind cause everything you wrote describes me. I am a Phenomenal Woman! ! ! Its just perfect. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bronté Morton (5/27/2008 10:13:00 AM)

    i think this poem is awesome and says so much about the world we live in, the way people perceive woman and the things that women can't say themselves (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jack Peppiatt (5/26/2008 3:42:00 AM)

    Doesnt do it for me. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie JL Hodson (5/19/2008 3:02:00 AM)

    Alright, but better than the likes of Auden, Frost or Poe? I'm not convinced. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michele Court (5/17/2008 5:29:00 PM)

    Mark, I'm guessing you eat alone an awful lot. What a shame you missed the beauty of this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mark Trawick (5/13/2008 8:34:00 AM)

    Women are only supposed to make me dinner (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Allison Hankins (5/11/2008 6:15:00 PM)

    That's a truly incredible insight, but I think that for the women who DON'T have those things you mentioned may feel that they dont have that kind of power...but it's a truley amazing poem! I loved reading it! hey, check out my poems, I'm Allison Hankins (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Danielle G. (5/9/2008 10:18:00 PM)

    This poem is amazing and has an awsome flow ot it! ! !
    Best poem I'v read in while! ! ! !
    my fav line 'I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size'
    AMEN! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,902 Points p.a. noushad (5/9/2008 12:19:00 AM)

    beautiful presentation and deep insight about human beings, perticularly about women. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sean Andrews (4/27/2008 3:44:00 AM)

    “The reach of my arms” is interesting to me, is it saying how much she touches with her life/arms, or speaking to physically being gangly, or both? The “span of my hips” speaks of having children, “stride of my step” tells of the confidence in her gait. “curl of my lips” is the smile, secret or otherwise. I would hope to be one of the men to stand vs. fall to my knees, standing says more about the respect a man has both for himself and the woman/all women from the poem. “the fire in my eyes” speaks of fierceness and intelligence, “flash of my teeth” again the smile, also potentially the fierceness (baring one’s teeth) , “swing in my waist and joy in my feet” reference not only dancing but an inner music that women seem to hear and move to that no man could (believe me I know) . She talks about how men can’t see her inner self/mystery it lends credence to saying men are from Mars women are from Venus. But not in a bad way, we just can’t REALLY understand each other “the grace of my style” suits the third verse very well. “Just why my head’s not bowed…It ought to make you proud” all women have these traits as well they should, Maya Angelou speaks it well.
    “the need of my care” I’m just recently six months married to my beautiful wife and this line here fits more now than I could have ever known it would prior to the last six months… (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Moharram (4/26/2008 9:15:00 AM)

    it's simply AMAZING! :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wre Rabaca (4/20/2008 6:27:00 PM)

    Amazingly written with wonder fully wording about women and their power. Great poem with a great poet that wrote it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ken.e Hall (4/19/2008 1:38:00 AM)

    Powerful- original- full of substance and cleverly constructed and a mirror of a huge part of life, I applaud you for letting me read your licence to be called a great poet.
    Kind regards Ken e Hall (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anita Cox (4/16/2008 2:00:00 PM)

    i was so high when i read this poem! ! i dont know wtf is going on (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joan Forbush (4/15/2008 9:05:00 AM)

    The poem is hardly overrated. The etire point of the poem is that the best part of us is that which remains unseen. It is a person's inner force that attracts people, not the fact that they look like a fashion plate. Also, when she mentions that 'span of my hips' and the 'swing of my waist' she is saying that these things make her different than others. They're not perfect, and they don't look right, but people are still drawn to her because of the power in her soul. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alika Prado (4/11/2008 4:20:00 PM)

    I have found profound strength in myself through the words of this poem. This poem reminded me there is more to me than just what ppl think. This poem has gotten me thorough a lot of problems and self esteem issues I have had over the years. (Report) Reply

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