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

  • Carol Gall (7/27/2009 12:02:00 PM)

    wow over 1600, votes without the comments amazing (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Siddartha Montik Siddartha Montik (7/27/2009 7:22:00 AM)

    Phenominal.., expressing more of the beauty of confidence! Loved reading it! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Gautam (7/26/2009 4:32:00 AM)

    Just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading this poem. Searched the fragrance of purity......... I see. (Report) Reply

  • Sonali Sonali Patnaik Das (7/24/2009 4:29:00 AM)

    I enjoyed reading this poem. It touched a string. (Report) Reply

  • Pam Smithith (7/22/2009 10:51:00 PM)

    My Clock of time by ataka royse is another awesome poem. (Report) Reply

  • Danyelle Major (7/17/2009 6:22:00 PM)

    I am amazed by this poem and if there was a way I would love to look at myself and descibe myself to others this would be it. Maya Angelou is amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Dougherty (7/15/2009 1:41:00 AM)

    I like this Poem, to show your understanding towards self-confidence.
    Looks do matter, but Personality and what's inside matter more.
    Life is very hard nowadays, so changing the minds a person at a time.
    Will Eventually save the world. :) (Report) Reply

  • Kundan Bhakuni (7/14/2009 6:17:00 AM)


    Well... what can I say? Is it correct to be politiclly correct or is it correct to be just correct.

    Being very honest, this poem is a first person description of the world view over a group. This being the backbone gets an above average rating in terms of conept and creativity as I have read many poems with such backbone.

    Content as in term of description is below average as it doesn't excite me or intice me as a male reading the poem. I find it very difficult to get inside the depth of the poem. In short the poem doesn't really finds a universal reach. I confirmed this with a few fellow friends of mine. However, I could 'assume' that femalegroup might find the content of the poem as very energitic and exciting. However, the usage of words to connect lack a great degree of imagination. I.e it's very basic.

    Title of the poem is a dissapointment as it gives away the vigour of the poem (even though it has a little of it) and if content is compared to the title thought they are in the same genre they fail to complement each other (coffe and tea both being brews can't be mixed with each other) . As soon as I read the title I knew this poem is about a woman talking about her attitude and pride and more disspointing was when actually it was the case.

    Overall I feel this is a very average (politically correct) / or very 'below' average (being 'very' honest) poem that is hard to read with groing excitment till the end.

    Please do not mind (or if you do please then do) my comments as I am being politically (am I?) correct to bring out my feeling after reading this. I actually read this poem for a reason and the reason being I just joined the site and I wanted to read the top poem and to be very very very honest (yes again) I am wholy dissapointed in getting this as my first sample.

    Though being optimistic (since I believe am a 'Phenomenal Man') I will browse through a few more poems, I hope my 'head doesn't bow' and 'I fall down on my knees' and look for another option. However, I am sure I will find many good poems and I will 'shout and jump' with joy finding many exciting poems (actually) .

    Peace and yeah good effort (I mean it)


    Under-rated, unknown and amature poet,

    Kundan Bhakuni (Report) Reply

  • Or Nath (7/6/2009 1:47:00 AM)

    nice to read.............................. (Report) Reply

  • Sarun V.s (7/4/2009 12:12:00 PM)

    read my poems also.
    1.i love you my love my friend
    4.loneliness (Report) Reply

  • Ahtivah Lawton (7/3/2009 5:40:00 PM)

    This poem will stay a classic..and is phenomenal! (Report) Reply

  • Sarun V.s (7/3/2009 8:13:00 AM)

    i'l never cry for jolie's lips..
    i'l never cry for shakira's hips..
    i'l never cry for heaven..
    i stick to my earth..
    i enjoy myself..
    i feel i am the best...
    and therefor i exist..
    i am maya..PHENOMENAL WOMEN.. (Report) Reply

  • Nicole Mullins (7/1/2009 10:19:00 PM)

    i have the most respect for this woman because she carries so much confidence and self respect. she embodies who i want to be and when i read her poems i feel important and it gives me confidence in myself that never had. i would be honored to meet her and tell her that in person. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Hill (7/1/2009 11:07:00 AM)

    You have just proven my point. We have become such a negative society that we don't see the beauty in simpleness. This poem reflects and celebrates women. It also celebrates the features of African-American women (and women as a whole) that have not been appreciated by society. This also is reflects the rhythm and phrasing that is African-American poetry and our everyday conversation. So what if it doesn't follow exact form. It doesn't have to be a sonnet to be beautiful. It doesn't have to have deep symbolism to be beautiful. And what is wrong with using poetry to encourage and inspire better self-esteem? Isn't that the point? I am an African-American woman and truly appreciate Dr. Angelou. Each time my friends hear this poem we cheer because of what is says and what it means. I was looking for this poem to use to celebrate a special African-American woman in my life. All I am saying is to take a chance a not look at this poem from a merely academic or psychotherapist point of view. Look at all the phenominal women in your life. See their greatness and what they have brought into your life. I don't think that Dr. Angelou wrote this for herself, she wrote this as a voice for those who don't the means to express. And when you do that, sometimes you have to write it in the way that the voiceless would write it. Which could explain the poem's simplistic form. Thank you Dr. Angelou. Here's to Phenominal Women. (Report) Reply

  • Raymond Dotterer (6/30/2009 10:15:00 PM)

    If Angelou is a story teller here, then she's relating a trite tale. I'm sure hundreds of psychologists have seen similar poems written by those undergoing self esteem therapy.

    And that's what makes this poem such a bad poem. It isn't only the uninspired word choice. It isn't just mediocre phrasing. It's that the poem sounds like it was written by a weak soul that's trying to convince herself that she's something special. She may have convinced herself, but she doesn't convince me. The poem is self-motivational scribble that might have been written by a teenage girl in her diary after a bad break-up. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Hill (6/30/2009 6:27:00 PM)

    I am shocked and saddened by the negative and ignorant comments in response to this poem, Dr. Maya Angelou's work and toward women. Dr. Angelou's does not have to write like Yeats, Kipling, Dickenson or any either poet. She is one of the greatest poets of our time and a wonderful story teller. Poetry is not just about form. It is about expression and telling a story. This story is about a Phenomenal Women who doesn't need to be egostistical to express her phenomenalness. And why can't a women or any person, for that matter, be confident without being considered egotistical. I really hope that those of you who took the time to write a negative comment can take the time to appreciate Dr. Angelou's work and all the Phenomenal Women this world has to offer. (Report) Reply

  • Raymond Dotterer (6/30/2009 11:04:00 AM)

    Any broad survey of poetry would judge this poem as only just good. There are many superior poems available on this site. If you find yourself praising this poem as excellent, I hope you'll look deeper into the collection of poems here. There are a number of peoms by Yeats, for example, that are excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Hatemnicagh Hawkin (6/30/2009 9:11:00 AM)

    oh god i'm so sexy.
    Go get a life Gina, how can a stupid poem give you confidence? !
    And you Crystle shut up with your ten thumbs up. you can't even spell THUMBS!
    your all losers (Report) Reply

  • Kafil Uddin Raihan (6/22/2009 1:53:00 AM)

    cause I am a woman
    phenomenally.........really excellent poem. (Report) Reply

  • William Rodenberg (6/21/2009 5:21:00 PM)

    Where is the symbolism hidden? Is it under those egocentric statments. (Report) Reply

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