Refusal Poem by Maya Angelou


Rating: 3.8

In what other lives or lands
Have I known your lips
Your Hands
Your Laughter brave
Those sweet excesses that
I do adore.
What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body's haste.
Without the promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.

William Rodenberg 20 June 2009

My complaint simply is this. The works of Maya Angelou fail to enteract with the realm of symbolism. Symbolism is the poet's safe haven, a cavern in which they dwell to reflect upon the hours. It is how they express themselves to accuratley relate to others experiences and thoughts. Without the use of symbolism the poem has only a foundation but no would and nails.

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Marialenn Langendoen 14 August 2011

One of my favourites, awesome, phenomenal and dignified

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Ramesh Adwant 24 May 2010

The passion of love is such. But finding the right expression to convey feelings is a skill indeed and I could feel how it feels when one is deeply in love. I really liked the poem

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Mark Anthony St. Rose 14 January 2010

interesting poem. a bit simple though

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Gabriela Markova 05 April 2012

i can so rely. one of my favourite!

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Suryendu Chaudhury 11 October 2020

Seems a like a promising note of endearment.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 04 May 2020

Intensity of love and commitment with it is marvelous. A great love song.

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Whatever is ok 04 May 2020

That we will meet again i am sure

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Ramesh T A 04 May 2020

Defying death despite fragile body condition recollecting intimate relationship whether that can repeated in other world or not only a strong will holder can say and do! Nice modern poem!

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Kumarmani Mahakul 04 May 2020

What surety is there That we will meet again, ..., deepness of love and life is impressively inscribed. It is nice to be chosen as the modern poem of the poem of the day.

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