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

  • (5/27/2008 10:13:00 AM)


    i think this poem is awesome and says so much about the world we live in, the way people perceive woman and the things that women can't say themselves (Report) Reply

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  • (5/26/2008 3:42:00 AM)


    Doesnt do it for me. (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2008 3:02:00 AM)


    Alright, but better than the likes of Auden, Frost or Poe? I'm not convinced. (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2008 5:29:00 PM)


    Mark, I'm guessing you eat alone an awful lot. What a shame you missed the beauty of this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2008 8:34:00 AM)


    Women are only supposed to make me dinner (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2008 6:15:00 PM)


    That's a truly incredible insight, but I think that for the women who DON'T have those things you mentioned may feel that they dont have that kind of power...but it's a truley amazing poem! I loved reading it! hey, check out my poems, I'm Allison Hankins (Report) Reply

  • (5/9/2008 10:18:00 PM)


    This poem is amazing and has an awsome flow ot it! ! !
    Best poem I'v read in while! ! ! !
    my fav line 'I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size'
    AMEN! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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  • p.a. noushad (5/9/2008 12:19:00 AM)


    beautiful presentation and deep insight about human beings, perticularly about women. (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2008 3:44:00 AM)


    “The reach of my arms” is interesting to me, is it saying how much she touches with her life/arms, or speaking to physically being gangly, or both? The “span of my hips” speaks of having children, “stride of my step” tells of the confidence in her gait. “curl of my lips” is the smile, secret or otherwise. I would hope to be one of the men to stand vs. fall to my knees, standing says more about the respect a man has both for himself and the woman/all women from the poem. “the fire in my eyes” speaks of fierceness and intelligence, “flash of my teeth” again the smile, also potentially the fierceness (baring one’s teeth) , “swing in my waist and joy in my feet” reference not only dancing but an inner music that women seem to hear and move to that no man could (believe me I know) . She talks about how men can’t see her inner self/mystery it lends credence to saying men are from Mars women are from Venus. But not in a bad way, we just can’t REALLY understand each other “the grace of my style” suits the third verse very well. “Just why my head’s not bowed…It ought to make you proud” all women have these traits as well they should, Maya Angelou speaks it well.
    “the need of my care” I’m just recently six months married to my beautiful wife and this line here fits more now than I could have ever known it would prior to the last six months…
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  • (4/26/2008 9:15:00 AM)


    it's simply AMAZING! :) (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2008 6:27:00 PM)


    Amazingly written with wonder fully wording about women and their power. Great poem with a great poet that wrote it. (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2008 1:38:00 AM)


    Powerful- original- full of substance and cleverly constructed and a mirror of a huge part of life, I applaud you for letting me read your licence to be called a great poet.
    Kind regards Ken e Hall
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  • (4/16/2008 2:00:00 PM)


    i was so high when i read this poem! ! i dont know wtf is going on (Report) Reply

  • (4/15/2008 9:05:00 AM)


    The poem is hardly overrated. The etire point of the poem is that the best part of us is that which remains unseen. It is a person's inner force that attracts people, not the fact that they look like a fashion plate. Also, when she mentions that 'span of my hips' and the 'swing of my waist' she is saying that these things make her different than others. They're not perfect, and they don't look right, but people are still drawn to her because of the power in her soul. (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2008 4:20:00 PM)


    I have found profound strength in myself through the words of this poem. This poem reminded me there is more to me than just what ppl think. This poem has gotten me thorough a lot of problems and self esteem issues I have had over the years. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2008 3:04:00 AM)


    This poem is overrated. I'm a woman too, but i would never want to be evaluated on such a crude basis. There's more to us than 'the span of the hip' and 'the swing in the waist'
    very feminist.
    i find her other poems much better than this one.
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  • (4/2/2008 7:58:00 PM)


    wow you truly are a great inspiring poet!
    i envy you power with words!
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  • (3/30/2008 8:38:00 PM)


    I have tell you this poem hepls the natural women of the world thanks for the great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2008 6:48:00 AM)


    This is certainly my number one poem of all times from this day forward =D; fantastic words and lines, truly love you! ! (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2008 6:31:00 AM)


    This is an amazing piece of poetry. It epitomises a natural women. We are different in the most beautiful ways. This is my favourite poem (Report) Reply



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