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

  • (10/24/2009 6:02:00 PM)


    I don't think this poem is strictly about external beauty. It could also be interpreted as an expression of confidence. There is a difference between confidence and arrogance, and I don't think this poem is at all arrogant. If Maya Angelou wants to express how she feels about beauty, then more power to her. No one said you had to read it.... (Report) Reply

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  • (10/22/2009 10:54:00 AM)


    Oh for those who hate to be reminded that all women are beautiful in their own way. It is not balls Mr. Snide but self-awareness that led to the development of this poem. It is a reminder to all that that which airs on television or in fashion magazines is the anomally, not the norm. It takes age and wisdom to know how you remain phenomenal. Did you ask yourself why there is a flash in her smile or a swing in her hips? It is because she grew up and is comfortable with her own unique beauty, it matters not what anyone says or thinks it is how she feels about herself, and that is the attraction. (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2009 4:56:00 PM)


    How much balls to you need to have to write a poem about how awesome you are? How low is your self-esteem that you need to read this to feel better about yourself? 'Oh, I feel terrible... I don't think I look attractive because I read People Magazine and I don't look like the people on the cover so therefore I must be ugly. Oh woe is me! Wait? Here's a poem telling me that I am beautiful! Because I'm a woman, and a phenomenal one at that! I'm now so awesome and full of myself! This poem has made me realize that I don't have to be a model to be attractive! That beauty isn't reserved for that 0.0000012% of people who are models.' This poem is nothing but a peacock strutting around with it's tail unraveled for all to see. Dr. Suess's poems had more meaning. (Report) Reply

  • (10/15/2009 3:10:00 PM)


    What type of poem is this? -if you dnt mind answering :) please and thankyou. (Report) Reply

  • (10/11/2009 11:30:00 AM)


    Well done I like this poem It is clever.

    I to am a phenominal woman
    From Kathleen Bartholomew
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  • (10/11/2009 11:30:00 AM)


    Well done I like this poem It is clever.

    I to am a phenominal woman
    From Kathleen Bartholomew
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  • (10/6/2009 10:04:00 PM)


    I love this poem! Excellent! :) (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2009 10:36:00 PM)


    Wilbur Smith wrote...

    Three things are too wonderful for me
    Four I do not understand...
    The way of an eagle in the sky
    The way of a serpent on the rock
    The way of a ship on the high seas
    and the way of a man with a maiden

    I am inclined to agree.
    What comes naturally to most
    are the dreams of the lesser endowed.
    Most write...while you are a poet.
    Well done, Maya.
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  • (9/29/2009 7:41:00 PM)


    an amazing story, about an amazing woman.
    a poem that is filled with your very soul,
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  • (9/27/2009 8:49:00 PM)


    Wow this is awesome. I read it ten times and wish that I had time to read it ten more times. 'The power of a Tear by Howard Simon also had the same impack on me. (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (9/25/2009 10:21:00 AM)


    Maya you are simplymagnificent. (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2009 7:38:00 AM)


    Simple... yet... elegant..
    haha... just like the person in the poem...

    ^_^.. great one....
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  • (9/23/2009 10:40:00 PM)


    'phenominal woman'-she must be so pretty...and perfect..hehe...so do the poet who have written this...hmmn, watcha think? ? (Report) Reply

  • (9/16/2009 11:10:00 PM)


    IT'S NUMBER ONE FOR A REASON! ! ! LMAO! ! SHE IS SPEAKING OF ME! -D (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2009 3:29:00 AM)


    i like it, u should read my new poem, These Words (Report) Reply

  • (9/11/2009 1:16:00 AM)


    This is the unnoticed materialistic truth of every day this poem is not noble enough to be no.1. (Report) Reply

  • (9/5/2009 10:53:00 AM)


    everytime i read something written by maya angelou......i feel like it is written for me....there is such an escape in poetry.... (Report) Reply

  • (9/1/2009 10:32:00 AM)


    To Wes Sew.....
    Still I rise is a damn good poem. It tells about the struggle of women and slaves but im sure your arrogant ass didn't think about that... In fact you probably a chauvinist pig who thinks that a womans place is in the kitchen... Well let me tell you something Mr. Woman have just as much of a place in this world as men do. In some cases we are stronger, smarter, faster, and all around better. We can take more abuse than a man ever could. I like this poem.. women are beutiful and every dog of a man knows that they will fall for any piece of tail that will let them get within 30 yard of them.
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  • (8/27/2009 7:39:00 PM)


    Hallmark? lol. thats crazy. this poem is soo awesome! is it just because you're a man? lol :) (Report) Reply

  • (8/26/2009 1:24:00 PM)


    feeling good GLORY, (Spiritually) , comes by eating the word...
    this is GOOD EATING...
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