Maya Angelou, or Marguerite Johnson, was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis. She was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. She is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. She lectures throughout the United States and abroad and has been the Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1981.
Angelou, who speaks French, Spanish, Italian and the West African language, Fanti, began her career in drama and dance. She is among the first African-American poets to hit the bestseller list.
“ 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 in my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. 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. The swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say It’s the fire in my eyes, The flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a women Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered What they see in me They try so hard But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can’t see I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breast, The grace of my style. I’m a woman…….. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
Now you understand Just why my head is not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair The palm of my hand The need of my care ‘Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
This poem tells women not to pity themselves just because they are not built to perfection.
This poem also tells women that they should just love themselves for who they are not for anything else.
Imagery is used because when I read the poem I can imagine myself standing there being judged by other people and telling them that life isn't just about looks.
The speaker in this poem would be a woman that’s trying to to let everyone know that she has real real beauty not the fake type that’s all about make-up and trying to impress everyone else.
My Favorite Section
I love the lines:
“ 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/ Phenomenally./ Phenomenal woman,/That's me.”
This is my favorite section because it stating how a women shouldn’t care about her appearance, but instead about how she wants to feel about herself. A woman should not care what anyone else thinks.
This poem relates to me because I’m the type of person who doesn’t care what other people think of me. I just keep my head held high and try to tell people what and who I really am even when they do not see these things in me. A lot of people think being a woman is all about looks. In this world if your not dolled up or all pretty you will not be accepted. I, Bianca Wilson don’t care what others think about me as long as I like me. So I’m saying to just cut the phony act and be unique in your own way like me.
Poem's Relation to Me
Its better to be yourself than to try and make yourself be a different person. Its not what comes in the package, it’s how it is used.
Works Cited www.empirezine.com/spotlight/maya/maya1.htm www.mayaangelou.com The End !!!!!!!