Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

The Lesson

Poem by Maya Angelou

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping
Children.
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.


Comments about The Lesson by Maya Angelou

  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (9/24/2019 6:39:00 AM)

    I keep on dying, Because I love to live Great(Report)Reply

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  • Jaya Agarwal (3/17/2019 11:48:00 PM)

    I keep on dying,
    Because I love to live...lovely expression! The best poem.(Report)Reply

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  • My private name (2/10/2019 9:19:00 PM)

    I love Maya AngelouQ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Yoselin (2/9/2019 3:31:00 PM)

    Hey boy what you doing today(Report)Reply

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  • samir govind kodre (6/22/2018 10:23:00 AM)

    Add a comment.(Report)Reply

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  • Adriana Gruber (5/4/2018 1:33:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is a strong woman who cares about the rights of other women.(Report)Reply

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  • Marshall (4/18/2018 12:03:00 PM)

    When was the poem itself first published?(Report)Reply

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  • Ebenezer blessing (4/16/2018 12:50:00 AM)

    Beautiful piece of poetry. I am inspired.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (12/9/2017 11:56:00 PM)

    The years
    And cold defeat live deep in
    Lines along my face.
    Lovely. Emotions flow in the veins of the poetess so lucid like poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Joniya (12/3/2017 10:12:00 PM)

    Mya A.will always inspire me hearing her poetry told me to be a poet(Report)Reply

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  • Resh Kav (6/24/2017 10:19:00 AM)

    Because I love to live... Great(Report)Reply

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  • Zakir Hussain HaidaryZakir Hussain Haidary (1/6/2017 7:47:00 AM)

    Because I love to live.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/8/2016 11:09:00 PM)

    I keep on dying,
    poem. Thanks for sharing it here.Because I love to live.
    Fantastic conceptualization of relationship between life and death in an equally fantastic(Report)Reply

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  • Mizzy ........Mizzy ........ (9/8/2016 7:21:00 PM)

    Special poetry......Thanks for posting.!(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (9/8/2016 4:20:00 PM)

    She is poet with poetry running through those veins she describes so so well, Yes, I needed that lesson today from the great Maya.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (9/8/2016 12:20:00 PM)

    The instinct to live and survive in the face of all calamities and challenges is central to human existence. I support the poet's clear and emphatic views in this regard. What an expression!
    I keep on dying,
    Because I love to live.(Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (9/8/2016 9:34:00 AM)

    I keep on dying
    Because I love to live
    Such a powerful summary of mankind's deep instinct to survive in the face of all opposition, even death.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Billsborough (9/8/2016 4:08:00 AM)

    I like this far better than some of Maya's more famous poems. It has a beautiful, restrained tone and fine imagery
    and the feeling of a courageous soul determined to endure suffering. Yes, a very fine poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/8/2016 4:02:00 AM)

    Memory of old tombs! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

    9 person liked.
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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (9/8/2016 1:14:00 AM)

    The hunger to live is there despite many worries and much pain. Beautiful.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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