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

  • . . (5/27/2009 5:05:00 PM)

    In her beautiful honesty she always brings me to tears. (Report) Reply

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  • Kainwo Moses (5/25/2009 12:48:00 PM)

    This poem should be listed among the classics because it is the voice of the soul of womanhood. It gives insight to those who would hear this voice that damns the spirit of ignorance in man. Maya will remain a star even after she might have died physically... (Report) Reply

  • Neil Larkin (5/24/2009 11:51:00 PM)

    Not bad. I enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • Lynn Glover (5/24/2009 8:40:00 PM)

    Beautifully written, a wonderful description of a phenomenal woman. Also please read my 'An Ode to Nelly Bligh' too (Report) Reply

  • Ejaz Khan (5/19/2009 5:13:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem, where you reveal and yet conceal. Tell us now, where does it hide? (Report) Reply

  • Julia Christodoulides (5/18/2009 11:44:00 AM)

    Um Maya Angelou is a woman not a man! (Report) Reply

  • Paul Colton (5/17/2009 9:21:00 PM)

    Nice poem. Cant believe a man wrote this. Wow. Well done. :) (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (5/9/2009 11:18:00 AM)

    This poem makes me really proud to be a woman! ! ! ! i love it more every time read it.I'll book mark it as a favorite. (Report) Reply

  • Riya Riska Riya Riska (4/30/2009 4:48:00 AM)

    Even I'm a woman,
    But, 'WOW'!
    I'm speechless..
    I nvr try 2 knw my own inner beauty..
    I'll check it out sooner!
    No wonder this poem become the best one.. (Report) Reply

  • nothing over (4/27/2009 5:47:00 PM)

    This a very well written poem about the strength of the soul....check out my poems as I have poems similar to these emotions (Report) Reply

  • nothing over (4/27/2009 5:47:00 PM)

    This a very well written poem about the strength of the soul....check out my poems as I have poems similar to these emotions (Report) Reply

  • Hanaya Sausan Kamil (4/27/2009 5:31:00 AM)

    wow...
    you are the bomb
    made me trembling
    a great poem. lovely. tough. deep
    its funny too
    complete (Report) Reply

  • Palitha Ariyarathna (4/25/2009 12:51:00 PM)

    beauty is only skin deep... but this poems let me far think about the real womens are in this world.
    I like this poems (Report) Reply

  • Fernando P.A.S.E Torres (3/29/2009 1:25:00 AM)

    hello im so glade i had the chance to read this poem its given me something to talk about with my little cousins on how beauty is more from with in and that's what brings out the beauty of their skin
    thanks (Report) Reply

  • Mauta Peter (3/28/2009 5:49:00 AM)

    Excellent.I will try to read more of Maya's poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Ronald Speight (3/14/2009 7:16:00 AM)

    True words for any woman to live by truly amazing (Report) Reply

  • Brian Peralta (3/14/2009 4:50:00 AM)

    i really loved your poem such creativity in your formula.you give me a standard i need to meet with my own writings. (Report) Reply

  • Missy Trinity Ferrari. (3/10/2009 9:43:00 AM)

    Maya Angelou is my idol. there is no one who inspires me more than she does, besides god, if there was anyway i could meet her just to look into her eyes and see the genuiness of her smile.My life would be complete. She is the person who unwittingly started me on my path to poetry. I never learned so much from one person than I did from Maya Angelou. I want to be just like her. (Report) Reply

  • Christian Guice (3/4/2009 11:14:00 AM)

    amazing amazing i really like it very much telent not surpise your number one (Report) Reply

  • Nada Gordon (2/25/2009 3:23:00 PM)


    Phenomenal Philosopher

    Petty philosophers wonder where my thesis lies.
    I'm not smart or built to theorize
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I'm telling lies.
    I say,
    It's in the reach of my propositions
    The span of my logic,
    The stride of my argument,
    The curl of my rhetoric.
    I'm a philosopher
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal philosopher,
    That's me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a disciple,
    The acolytes stand or
    Fall down on their syllogisms.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of minor premises.
    I say,
    It's the fire in my cogito,
    And the flash of my materialism,
    The swing in my noumena,
    And the joy in my ontology.
    I'm a philosopher
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal philosopher,
    That's me.

    Disciples themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can't touch
    My inner monadology.
    When I try to show them
    They say they still can't see.
    I say,
    It's in the arch of my mind-body problem,
    The sun of my hermeneutics,
    The ride of my fallacies,
    The grace of my axioms.
    I'm a philosopher

    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal philosopher,
    That's me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head's not contingent.
    I don't appeal to emotion or authority
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me ratiocinating
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It's in the click of my eternal return,
    The bend of my dialectic,
    the Weltanshauung of my Wirklichkeit,
    The need of my petitio principii,
    'Cause I'm a philosopher
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal philosopher,
    That's me. (Report) Reply










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