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

  • Lecie Poetry Ambassador (6/17/2006 11:55:00 AM)

    This poem has inspired many, many people-Halle Berry, Oprah, and of course me. I see this poem as a treasure one must either keep or let it go. Anyway you decide with this poem it will move you!

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  • Maria Gil (6/14/2006 4:46:00 PM)

    I don't think that at any time was Maya Angelou referring specifically to black women alone. I think she is expressing the awareness of how truly wonderful she is as a creation and everything that makes her a phenomenal woman. The details that set you apart from masculinity truly are unique to you. Such awareness, love & respect for oneself is beautiful and inspiring. . For those who see no depth to this poem: You are phenomenal, for you see what YOU wish (Report) Reply

  • Poetry Hound (6/12/2006 11:28:00 AM)

    Self-affirmation is all well and good, but this poem is silly. It reads like it came from a comic book. It has no depth. She says pretty women wonder what her secret is, but it looks like she doesn't have a secret, or if she does, who cares? (Report) Reply

  • Fasika Ayalew (6/7/2006 8:12:00 AM)

    it is all what can be said about a women. No more no less phenomenal! (Report) Reply

  • Jasjiv Singh (5/29/2006 11:57:00 PM)

    lovely description of a woman, phenomenal! (Report) Reply

  • Dr Celestine A. Raj Manohar M.d., Dr Celestine A. Raj Manohar M.d., (5/24/2006 3:46:00 PM)

    Every woman has an outer beauty some appreciate and an inner unfathomable one that few really can! Understanding one's own self is the most important step to a successful and satisfying living on earth.The 'externals' aren't as important as the 'internals'!
    A great truth brought out in a great manner.
    With regards,
    Dr John Celes (Report) Reply

  • Ruby Malobago. (5/23/2006 10:21:00 PM)

    I have read bits and pieces of this poem everywhere but it's good to finally finish the whole thing. Great poem! ! Great Representation... (Report) Reply

  • Ina Gordon (5/20/2006 5:46:00 PM)

    Only a real woman, who has experienced the harsh reality of growing up in America where the standards of beauty are determined by anorexic supermodels, boozed out pop singers, drugged out actresses, and plastic surgery-addicted Barbie dolls, can truly appreciate Dr. Angelou's Phenomenal Woman. It takes a strong woman to love and appreciate herself for who she is regardless of the picture that the media portrays. Real beauty comes from knowing and loving one's self. This poem is definitely worthy of being Number 1. Thank you, Dr. Angelou! (Report) Reply

  • qwe rty (5/12/2006 8:58:00 PM)

    good but not number 1 good (Report) Reply

  • Oisín Vink (5/12/2006 4:39:00 PM)

    Tripe, but this needs 20 characters to post, let me add in the word garbage also. (Report) Reply

  • Judy Ordonez (5/8/2006 11:16:00 AM)

    My grandmother passed recently and I read this at her funeral. It touched everyone and as I read it again it brings tears to my eyes. My grandmother was a phenomenal woman and this poem will always remind me of her. (Report) Reply

  • Frederick Stadler (5/6/2006 4:41:00 PM)

    Very elegant and 'cute' poem, if I may say so. It embodies a free spirit that all women (and men as well) should strive towards. It reminds me of my mother (please see the poem I wrote on Christmas) because she was always free like the wind itself! (Report) Reply

  • Ashley Olson (5/3/2006 2:43:00 PM)

    The first time i heard this poem was in me favorite movie Poetic Justice. I love this poem its so true... (Report) Reply

  • Emma Ogutu (4/5/2006 9:00:00 AM)

    Maya Angelou, This poem has made me realize my worth that slips me time to time. I feel proud of my gender and the roles that come with it. I feel beautiful and I know that this is not beauty that can be attributed to my figure or academics or any classic notion of beauty. I am beautiful because I am a woman who appreciates her worth in society. (Report) Reply

  • Lilah Weiss (3/28/2006 8:49:00 PM)

    i read this poem for the first time in a magazine - and it touched my soul. Brilliant. (Report) Reply

  • Gabriella Galbrieth (3/28/2006 4:29:00 PM)

    Ms.Angelou I realy love this poem it is one of my favorites. I like the words you are useing to descride women and all the beautiful things we have on us and around us. I like this poem so much that i am going to memorize it and read at this thing at our school called the 'Poetry Jam'. It would be nice if you could come because most of my class are reading your poems. I have a few questions i would like to ask you
    * Do you have a main theme about all of your poems like Emily Dikinson wrote about death alot.
    * When did you start writting poetry and why?
    * Who inspired you to start writting poetry
    * where did you grow up
    * When started to publish your poems was is hard because of your race?
    * And last but not least did you have fun aon the novie set of 'Madiea', me and my family love that movie!
    I go to school at Kiser Middle school in Greensboro N.C. If you have any spare time could you call me at (336) 292-0208. (Report) Reply

  • Con Nie (3/25/2006 5:37:00 PM)

    Maya is one phenomenal woman! One of the most inspiring poems for a woman to read. Thanks Maya. Sincerely, Connie Webb (Report) Reply

  • Shannon Thomas (3/19/2006 10:19:00 PM)

    This is the women I want to be.If I felt this on the inside everyone would see it on the outside. (Report) Reply

  • Karen Jagger (2/18/2006 5:36:00 PM)

    This is my favorite poem, in that it lifts me up and makes me proud to be just who I am, a phenomenal woman. I have bought her book of poetry more times than I can count because I keep giving out the copy I have. I just want to share her with all the women I know. (Report) Reply

  • S J Nardozzi, Jr (2/18/2006 8:14:00 AM)

    a fitting poem to the essence of a phenomenal woman,
    ox (Report) Reply










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