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 Meghan Mcluvin (4/2/2008 7:58:00 PM)

    wow you truly are a great inspiring poet!
    i envy you power with words! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Cindy Powell (3/30/2008 8:38:00 PM)

    I have tell you this poem hepls the natural women of the world thanks for the great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Petra Soliman (3/28/2008 6:48:00 AM)

    This is certainly my number one poem of all times from this day forward =D; fantastic words and lines, truly love you! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deenisha Raghubar (3/28/2008 6:31:00 AM)

    This is an amazing piece of poetry. It epitomises a natural women. We are different in the most beautiful ways. This is my favourite poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kortne Dickens (3/21/2008 12:20:00 AM)

    this is one of my favorite poem and it is go for women are not pretty, help with self-esteem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tosa Claudiu (3/8/2008 7:00:00 AM)

    feminism. too much feminism for me I may say. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Miss tee (3/6/2008 10:02:00 AM)

    I love it! ! ! Great piece. Provides a sense of empowerment to us women, especially those of us who do not fit the media's portrayal of the 'beautiful' woman. Thanks for sharing..wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie A . (2/29/2008 12:29:00 PM)

    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,

    Wonderful....... :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Poetic Soul (2/22/2008 8:31:00 AM)

    I love Maya Angelou for this poem especially. It provides a source of empowerment for us women who may not fit society view of beauty. It also speaks truth to how I as an African American woman feels about myself. I am indeed a mystery to men and I do feel that 'I'm not built to suit a fashion model size' and I have no problem with it So Kudos Maya for a wonderful job well done. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chaotic Life - Curly M. (2/19/2008 9:25:00 AM)

    love this poem! !
    one of my favorites
    GOOD JOB MAYA ANGELOU! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marek Zielinski (2/18/2008 7:35:00 AM)

    I'm sorry to deceive all the women out there, but it is one of the most sexist poems. In one word she defines herself by the stare of the others, and specifically the men. It is also full of clichés, like the one about woman's mystery, it is so used. It is not a celebration of one's inner beauty, it is arrogance in most ridiculous way. You call it over-confidance, and people with low self-esteem compensate the lack of it by that mean. I'm not surprised that a lot of young women fall in the trap. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Ibrahim Sambo (2/17/2008 3:28:00 PM)

    Maya, what phenomenal lines you've written there.Great work! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Coll B. Lue (2/17/2008 8:53:00 AM)

    I like Maya's novels and this poem too.

    Thank you for sharing!
    Coll (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Debra Cowley (1/27/2008 11:07:00 PM)

    I always marvel over the way her poems are so real to whom she is. The women discripes her self of mystery to a man. She is always in a changing mood of emotion of style and grace in color in her body that might not be perfect but yet so profound.. Thank for inspiration

    Debra Cowley (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Barry Mck (1/27/2008 4:15:00 PM)

    To be entirely fair this whole website is a joke. The comments for this poem are 90% female and the rest of the 10% written by men are mostly coherently negative when evaluating this poem.

    To be fair again, it would be people searching for 'maya angelou' specifically that will end up leaving a comment here, and who would search for this poet.

    I'm sure Maya is a woman of many talents, this poem however does not exhibit any.

    This website is proof of what can happen when anyone (but not everyone) is given a voice. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Riquetta Elliott (1/26/2008 9:34:00 PM)

    When I read this poem over and over again, it makes me confident and more beautiful to make me a phenomenal woman. Very beautiful and outstanding poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cristoph Galindo (1/26/2008 1:13:00 PM)

    This is a good poem but there is better (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Christina Green (1/16/2008 1:42:00 PM)

    I'm a woman and proud of it -blushes a lot- Ooops heheh.... I love your poem though>< Awesomeseseseseses (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah H (1/15/2008 4:57:00 PM)

    I'm so glad this particular poem of Maya's is listed so highly. It resonates so strongly with me for many reasons. Exceptional work in terms of it's ability to offer identity to its audience. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elizabeth T. (1/13/2008 11:24:00 AM)

    This is by far my favorite poem. I am in awe of Maya's writing ability. An amazing woman she is. (Report) Reply

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