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Maya Angelou and how powerful her words are through poetry

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  • 1. Maya Angelou
    • How Powerful Words Are Through Poetry w Powerful Words Can v
    • By: Teleisha Latimore
    English 1102, Semester 4, Ecampus Professor E. Owens
  • 2. Early Life
    • Born Marguerite Ann Johnson on the date of April 4, 1928
    • Changed her name after managers at a nightclub requested that she obtain a more “theatrical” name -used “Maya”, a nickname from her brother, and “Angelou” from an ex-husband
    • Had son at early age and had to take on numerous jobs
  • 3. Careers Throughout Lifetime
    • Fry cook
    • Film Director
    • Educator
    • Public speaker
    • Actor
    • Been in numerous plays and films
    • Influential poet
    • Essayist
  • 4. Poems
    • Some of her Famous Poems
      • Son to Mother
      • Still, I Rise
      • Phenomenal Woman
      • The Black Family Pledge
      • In All Ways a Woman
      • Ain’t That Bad?
      • On the Pulse of Morning
    • Collections
      • Just give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie
        • Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize
  • 5. Autobiographies
    • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    • Gather Together In My Name
    • Singin’ and Swingin’ and Getting’ Merry Like Christmas
    • The Heart of a Woman
    • All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
    • A Song Flung Up To Heaven
  • 6. Style
    • In each of her autobiographies, Angelou sticks to Four themes
    • - Style, Identity, Family and Racism
      • When keeping with the themes of her books, the events are obviously not in the order in which they happened in her life.
    • Used “her roles, incarnations, and identities to signify multiple layers of oppression and personal history.”
  • 7. Accomplishments
    • -Served on MLK Jr.’s Southern Christian Leader Conference as Northern Coordinator
    • -Published five autobiographies, her first being I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing, in 1969.
      • -Discussed the first sixteen years of her life
      • -Nominated for a National Book Award
  • 8. Accomplishments (cont.)
    • In 1993, at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning.” -first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961
    • “ History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
    • “ Nothing will work unless you do”.
  • 10. Angelou’s Poetry and Its Affect on People
    • Maya Angelou touches people with her poetry, autobiographies, speeches and writings.
    • Not only is her poetry “spiritually uplifting and full of hope,” 5 it’s also motivating, moving, honest, humorous, strong, and beautiful.
    • Each of her poems are touching and liberating in their own unique way
    • Angelou’s poems bring memories and clear perspective into our lives
    • Angelou’s writings have brought change to society, creating diversity in literature and the theater. Her autobiographies provide readers with insights on the growth of black women in the twentieth century.
  • 11. Overview
    • The world has had the opportunity to be blessed with Maya Angelou’s presence, and as it is that she continues to write, readers and fans will continue to be awed by her flawless style and way with words.
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    • THE END