Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou Biography

(born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928) was an American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know ...

Maya Angelou Poems

1.
Phenomenal Woman

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,
They think I'm telling lies.
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2.
Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
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3.
Caged Bird

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
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4.
Alone

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
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5.
Woman Work

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
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Maya Angelou Quotes

11 November 2014

Then the question began to live under my blankets: How did lesbianism begin? What were the symptoms? The public library gave information on the finished lesbian—and that woefully sketchy—but on the growth of a lesbian, there was nothing. I did discover that the difference between hermaphrodites and lesbians was that hermaphrodites were "born that way." It was impossible to determine whether lesbians budded gradually, or burst into being with a suddenness that dismayed them as much as it repelled society.

11 November 2014

People in Stamps used to say that the whites in our town were so prejudiced that a Negro couldn't buy vanilla ice cream. Except on July Fourth. Other days he had to be satisfied with chocolate.

11 November 2014

In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn't really, absolutely know what whites looked like.

11 November 2014

During those years in Stamps, I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare. He was my first white love.... it was Shakespeare who said, "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes." It was a state of mind with which I found myself most familiar. I pacified myself about his whiteness by saying that after all he had been dead so long it couldn't matter to anyone any more.

11 November 2014

This might be the end of the world. If Joe lost we were back in slavery and beyond help. It would all be true, the accusations that we were lower types of human beings. Only a little higher than apes. True that we were stupid and ugly and lazy and dirty and, unlucky and worst of all, that God Himself hated us and ordained us to be hewers of wood and drawers of water, forever and ever, world without end.

Maya Angelou Comments

Andrea Mitchell 30 November 2016

You demean a great poet by identifying her as a great African-American woman. I didn't even realize Maya Angelou was African-American until I was 18. Why do we have to note that she is an African-American woman? Edgar Allen Poe is not identified as being a great White male poet. Edgar Allen Poe is simply a great poet. So why can't we simply say Maya Angelou was a great poet? Because that's all I see.

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Calvin Phil 28 August 2016

she is really a good poet and she has done good work. i'm a poet here and this is my blog http: //fresharticleswriting.blogspot.com/2016/08/love-poetry.html

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Azariah Alex 10 May 2017

Very meaningful

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I really enjoy reading all the poems of Maya Angelo. She was a great and awesome person. I love her.

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