Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Comments about Maya Angelou

  • Robin Brolaski (8/31/2009 12:34:00 PM)

    To - Claudi Roo - Look at ALL the facts first....

    In the fall of 1995, the poet Maya Angelou did a reading of her work to an overflowing house at the University of California at Berkeley. Any Angelou reading is a very special thing - few could hope to capture the essence, inflection, joy, sadness, loss and love in her words as well as she does.

    Later that same fall, Ben Harper closed his show at Los Angeles' House of Blues with an a capellaversion of Angelou's poem 'And Still I Rise, ' to which he wrote a melody and recorded for his first album,1994's Welcome To The Cruel World. Angelou's words are no less stirring in Harper's gospel-influenced tune.

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  • Richard Ney (8/24/2009 11:04:00 AM)

    Hey Miss Maya Angelou, It's an honor 2 actually give you my comment on one of your poems, Still I Rise, . My comment is that poem is the best poem I have ever heard beside mine and yours helped me to stand up and rise.
    Jessica, age 15

  • Claudi Roo (8/22/2009 2:17:00 AM)

    this writer is not a writer, they are a plaguriser who steals from talented songwriters like ben harper, her poem still i rise is the same except for a fer words as a ben harper song called i'll rise stop stealing

  • Enitan Onikoyi (8/21/2009 3:40:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is not just a Poet, she is a great writer and a beautiful African American woman. I love her to bit, because all her books and poems are source of joy to me. Maya, may your sun shines for ever. Thanks for all your contributions to the world. You are my Idol.

  • Aminath Neena Haneef Aminath Neena Haneef (8/6/2009 11:49:00 PM)

    Its a super poem. so simple yet so perfect

  • Patrick Elliott (8/2/2009 7:02:00 PM)

    An absolutely beautiful poem. Exquisite and perfect in every way.
    Please change line 2 to 'on the back of the wind'

  • Sumedha Mane (3/12/2009 7:53:00 AM)

    I love this poem. It is so simple but so perfect. Maya Angelou is a superwoman-serene, beautiful and strong. She is a role model for me.

  • Missy Trinity Ferrari. (3/10/2009 9:44:00 AM)

    Maya Angelou is my idol. there is no one who inspires me more than she does, besides god, if there was anyway i could meet her just to look into her eyes and see the genuiness of her smile.My life would be complete. She is the person who unwittingly started me on my path to poetry. I never learned so much from one person than I did from Maya Angelou. I want to be just like her.

  • James B. Earley (11/9/2008 12:11:00 PM)

    Poetry....the passion....and...pain...its inspiration!

  • Lu Wenchao (11/1/2008 10:28:00 PM)

    I am moved by your poems.It gives me hope and courage.No matter what happens to me, I will rise just like you.I think this is really the inner weath that we must have, because only this we can live a wonderful life.

Best Poem of Maya Angelou

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.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my ...

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The Lesson

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Memory of old tombs,
Rotting flesh and worms do
Not convince me against
The challenge. The years
And cold defeat live deep in
Lines along my face.
They dull my eyes, yet
I keep on dying,
Because I love to live.

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