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

  • Blue angel Florida (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

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  • the poet (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

  • Francois Hoon (6/29/2007 6:01:00 PM)

    You're welcome Samer B; inner beauty manifests outwards when a woman realises and believes this...
    http: // (Report) Reply

  • Asha Odathekal (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! (Report) Reply

  • Francois Hoon (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

  • Mo. (6/5/2007 5:10:00 PM)

    ''My mother is a phenominal woman''
    Thank You Maya! (Report) Reply

  • Julia Hill (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

  • George Wootton (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 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!

    Marilyn (Report) Reply

  • Suzyn Smith Webb (5/13/2007 2:15:00 PM)

    I think David Poltergeist is kidding. (Report) Reply

  • H Dass (5/12/2007 12:55:00 PM)

    If this poem is so awful, then why is it among the top poems on this list and in the world? I think its a beautiful poem, that gives off a self-confident vibe to the reader. It is absolutly one of my favorites. No matter what anybody says, I will always be a fan of Maya Angelou's poetry. (Report) Reply

  • David Poltergeist (5/9/2007 7:55:00 AM)

    Horrible. Absolute disgrace to poetry. I dont know who you think you are Maya but you are going NOWHERE in the poetry business. You suck. Absolutely horrible. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

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