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

  • (8/27/2007 11:56:00 AM)

    Maya Angelou, i just love this poem you really inspire me...I'm 14 and have been writing for 3 years now... This poem help me keep my head up when people try and force it down... (Report) Reply

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  • (8/21/2007 8:14:00 AM)

    This poem is brilliantly written and i give it 10/10. Maya Angelou you are an inspiration to us all. (Report) Reply

  • (8/20/2007 9:13:00 PM)

    Im not denying its a good poem but...number 1? ive read atleast 20 other poems that are better, yes it approaches women as more than objects and it does it well, but placing it as number one seems to be jumping on the band-wagon a bit with size 0 (size 4 english) women and men idiolising them. I also understand it was one of a kind at its time as sterotypicalism was natural...but think, havnt you read atleast one poem thats better than this? (Report) Reply

  • (8/20/2007 5:05:00 PM)

    Justine, I am sorry but that is a weak argument; people who use the 'It's not the same type of poetry/song/film' routine are simply trying to polish a turd. I expressed my opinion, as have many other people. You not only single me out, but also single out the structure of my sentences, whilst at the same time condemning me for commenting on people who are too lazy to even try and spell.

    I don't wish to compare this poet with Shakespeare, I would just like to see her poems where they belong: around number 200 in the rankings.

    Why not insult me again with your superior grasp of English grammar?

    Maybe then you'll feel even more empowered.
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  • (8/18/2007 9:25:00 PM)

    Barry Mck,
    This poem is amazing because it it passionate. This isn't a poem about giving 'ugly women' confidence, but empowering women. It's emotional, spiritual, and makes a reader, particularly a woman, feel.

    One cannot compare Maya Angelou to Shakespeare. But one cannot compare Yeats to Shakespeare either. They wrote for a completely different reason and in a completely different style. It would be like comparing Da Vinci to Monet and then comparing Monet to Picasso. They aren't meant to inspire the same feeling and the work was done for completely different reasons. Art is not about the clinical semantics, but about the passion it expresses and creates.

    Before you ridicule other posters on this board, you could check out your own grammar. None of your sentences are structurally correct.
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  • (8/18/2007 4:03:00 AM)

    Good poetry for people with no idea what good poetry is, to have this junk No.1 above Keats, Auden, Yeats, and Shakespeare in my mind shows us where society is headed. Check out some of the newest comments; some of them can't spell and some use text speak, the rest of you are just ugly women looking for confidence, which is a good thing in itself but don't go voting this above the classics because it empowers you. (Report) Reply

  • (8/10/2007 10:28:00 PM)

    nice! nice! ! nice! ! !
    very lovely poem.speaking to the guy who said
    he didnt no y it was rated no1.this poem was used for
    the film poetic justice which happens to my best film
    and i also love the wordings.emotional
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  • Wandering Scarlet (8/3/2007 5:53:00 PM)

    sweet poem, not sure why its rated number 1 tho... (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2007 1:10:00 AM)

    wow. smooth. words dun do it justice. nice (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2007 5:47:00 AM)

    it's beautiful, it has depth in it's simplicity.i love the words i love the way you make us proud to be who we are. you tell us we dont have to be all that asper like amazingly gorgeous or sum'n we shd jst b who we r n we wud b beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2007 10:11:00 PM)

    What a phenomenal piece. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2007 4:35:00 PM)

    PHENOMENAL POEM! So Proud you made of ME to be a reading your lines, on this Inspiring POEM. So nice, So good, So great to US, Women. Thank you! (Report) Reply

  • (7/2/2007 7:42:00 AM)

    Maya Angelou, another very beautiful poem from her. This is what a poem is like. A true masterpiece words cant describe... (Report) Reply

  • (6/29/2007 6:01:00 PM)

    You're welcome Samer B; inner beauty manifests outwards when a woman realises and believes this...
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  • (6/28/2007 9:00:00 AM)

    maya angelou is my all-time favourite.
    her poetry is brimming with confidence and the spirit of a rebel daring to go beyond the norms.
    it never ceases to inspire...proud to be a woman!
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  • (6/25/2007 7:31:00 PM)

    That inner mystery... and the confidence that you know who you are and that you are beautiful - that is beauty itself. A woman who believes she is beautiful (which she is) becomes beautiful in this knowing... (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2007 5:10:00 PM)

    ''My mother is a phenominal woman''
    Thank You Maya!
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  • (5/31/2007 11:16:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou empowers all women but, especially those of us who forget about how beautiful we are from the inside/out.... she reminds us that no matter what, we are always Phenomenal! Not only as women, but as human beings too. Phenomenal words, from a phenomenal soul. This poem always brings me to tears. *applauds* (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2007 1:04:00 PM)

    Phenomenal writing! This explanation brings much light to your mystery for us wondering men. Great poem! (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (5/19/2007 10:23:00 PM)

    I saw Maya at a poetry convention in Orlando, Florida in 1986. She is the most elequent speaker I have ever heard. At the time I didn't know who she was but I will never forget her. I've read most of her autobiographies. A talented and fascinating woman!

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