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

  • Diana Poems (5/6/2007 6:15:00 PM)

    'It's in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care'

    The last line of this verse 'The need of my care' ruins the whole poem- a woman is not phenomenal when she can't even take care of herself. Also, besides a woman's beauty, what about her intelligence? What about her ability to use her brain and not her body to make a difference? ? This poem is but another stereotype of women and how we are constantly judged on what we wear and our looks. How we walk or 'The click of our heels' says nothing about how intelligent we are or how strong a woman is. Poem lack density, lacks truth. (Report) Reply

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  • Hime Hiroda (5/2/2007 4:38:00 AM)

    Well said for all women... this is one great poem! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Olabode Oluwatayo (4/27/2007 5:28:00 AM)

    great piece! ! ! ,
    ... a must-have on every woman's wall (Report) Reply

  • Marcia Mfumo (4/23/2007 11:14:00 PM)

    ...thanks to you Maya, for this wonderful piece. More than the words can say, any woman should feel great and proud after read and understand this poem. Congrats and keep up the good work. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Steve Mcdonald (4/20/2007 10:59:00 PM)

    Verse for people who don't like poetry, or know what it is. Below Hallmark level. (Report) Reply

  • Tim Buchanan (4/19/2007 4:48:00 PM)

    I hear the voice still and the arms that move, the body that sways, the pride and confidence that bubbles, all the most fantastic one woman show I have had the honor to behold, that poem captures that again and again for me. (Report) Reply

  • Pearle Pruitt (4/12/2007 9:37:00 AM)

    [Richard Lexus (4/10/2007 5: 36: 00 AM)
    even larger women stink of arrogance it seems these days.]

    As do small men... (Report) Reply

  • Richard Lexus (4/10/2007 5:36:00 AM)

    even larger women stink of arrogance it seems these days. (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (4/9/2007 12:11:00 PM)

    And I say, a job very well composed Maya, what a lovely piece, giving strength for many women I'm sure
    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Toi Fields (4/3/2007 9:34:00 PM)

    This poem helps me to be proud of who I am regardless of what other think. This is my favorite poem for good reason. It gives me strength. (Report) Reply

  • Kaleigh Costello (3/27/2007 8:37:00 PM)

    Ms. Angelou, I cannot tell you how much your poetry has affected my life. You were one of the first poets I was introduced to during middle school. Your poetry gives me strength and helps me understand life from other people's perspectives. As far as that Anne Bradstreet goes, don't listen to her. And how dare she call you a mockery! That is a disgrace and it shows her utter lack of intelligence and curtousy. :) I went to see you when you were at Evergreen State College in Washington. You were amazing and I was able to talk to you. Thank you.
    ~Kaleigh (Report) Reply

  • Anne Bradstreet (3/21/2007 12:16:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou, is this a joke? Angelou is a mockery, have you read any of my poems? They make her work look like child's play! I mean really have you read any of my work! I'm flipping Anne Bradstreet! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Amy Campbell (3/15/2007 3:37:00 PM)

    After searching for me for many years, I can truly say I have found parts of me in
    this poem by Ms. Angelou. I am a survivor of 30 years of physical and mental
    abuse. Ms. Angelou helped me to find the words to find me. God Bless her. (Report) Reply

  • Nimal Dunuhinga (3/8/2007 10:23:00 AM)

    Marvelous! Where is that ideal woman? (Report) Reply

  • Charlotte Crouch (3/5/2007 7:27:00 AM)

    i love this poem very well thought and set out and it's true about women it pains a true picture (Report) Reply

  • Aleigha Pratt (2/19/2007 8:16:00 AM)

    maya expresses her thoughts and really the truth about women wonderfullyand beautifully (Report) Reply

  • L0$t 0n3 L0$t 0n3 (1/24/2007 4:35:00 PM)

    i agree! Brilliant, soulful, amazing...bravo! i believe this poem is far beyond mediocre... (Report) Reply

  • Yvonne Rautenbach (1/22/2007 10:44:00 AM)

    I agree with the sentiments but in my opinion its a fairly mediocre poem in terms of its use of language. (Report) Reply

  • Kelsey Wills (1/19/2007 2:49:00 PM)

    A poem for every women. ^-^ Brilliant. (Report) Reply

  • Henz Timber (1/19/2007 10:55:00 AM)

    this poem is too can set a womans broken heart on firee... (Report) Reply

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