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Analysis and comments on Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

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Comment 24 of 364, added on November 28th, 2004 at 8:47 PM.

this poem is a very beautiful poem and i like how it expresses us women in
a positive way.

nina from United States
Comment 23 of 364, added on November 28th, 2004 at 9:24 AM.

This poem is my very favourite, there are many ways in which my life was an
is still touched by the contents of the poem. The first time I read it, I
was about thirteen years old. AS a teenager growing into a woman Wearing

camellia Williamson from United States
Comment 22 of 364, added on November 24th, 2004 at 9:51 AM.

I really think this is a very good for young girls to look at.

latisha from United Kingdom
Comment 21 of 364, added on November 18th, 2004 at 11:40 AM.

Mya's poems allow me a glimps of what it's like in this world for an
African American woman. She has such a beautiful way of describing objects
and feeling. Phenomenal Woman has inspired me to start a "keepsake box" for
the women in my family. Her poem represents an image of strength and beauty
for all women, of all races, of all sizes... and is very inspiring. =)

Emily from United States
Comment 20 of 364, added on November 16th, 2004 at 11:53 AM.

I didn't understand this poem at all.i just don't get what she is trying to

Dannielle Austin from United States
Comment 19 of 364, added on November 14th, 2004 at 5:56 AM.

This is what I have been looking for to send to my 21 year old daughter
now studying in USA so she can see that womanhood is not just about looking
physically great but also radiating confidence and compassion. Terima kasih
(thank you in Malay language) Maya dear.

Sharifah Zaleha Syed Hassan from Malaysia
Comment 18 of 364, added on November 2nd, 2004 at 12:59 PM.

I loved this poem.When I read this, I felt like it was telling a story.It
truely made me realize what a phenomenal woman is. Thats for writting this
its beautiful.

america from United States
Comment 17 of 364, added on November 2nd, 2004 at 6:10 PM.

I love the poem so much that created a male version of it entitled
"Phenomenal Man." Go to www.publishedauthors.net/sidneywatson to view

Sidney Watson from United States
Comment 16 of 364, added on November 2nd, 2004 at 8:15 AM.

i love this poem. this is actualy one of my favorites. i first heard at a
church conference for young adults. to me maya was letting every female
know that they are worth something. she wants us to understand that we
stand at a certain level that know who think they are higher than us, put
us down. she wants us to build a high self-asteem in us that we could stand
tall outbeat all of our boundaries...

nikita from United States
Comment 15 of 364, added on October 31st, 2004 at 7:26 PM.

Rev. Regina Green

September 2004

Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Women is ringing with the essence of many beautiful black
women. Emphasis must be placed on Black American women, do to the concept
of American beauty. Black women are rarely identified in the category of
American beauty ,except they look like tinted Caucasian women such as
Halley Berry, whom the white boys call a "Babe", she is synonymous with
white beauty, while being identified as black do to her mixed parentage.

The strength and dignity defined in the poem "Phenomenal Women "leap
gracefully from the pages almost deitizing , the natural electric beauty of
a culturally refined dark women of the African American race. It is like a
contemporary cry of Sojourner Truths "Ain't I Women too" She eloquently
describes the essence of her being,pinpointing the strength of the dignity
of the female soul of a human a species thought as less then;Yet
hoarding the truth that "Ain't I a women too. This to embraces the beauty
of character, while sharing the vulnerabilities of her femaleness, that was
overlooked, She defies the social classism do to her phenomenal conviction
of soul while maintained at the base of her character, in a society that
tried to make her insignificant as a women American further attempted to
strip her of all that identified her as a female. This was a prevailing
fact in American Culture. The legacy was received and recomposed in the
writing of Maya Angelou whom describes the being of a cosmopolitan
contemporary black female. Not respected for her natural beauty but oozing
a magnetism that is unavoidably phenomenal

This particular piece is not multicultural but unique to the black female
experience. Especially those of dark hue. While her beauty has been
undermined, the clarity of her grace and savee screams through halls of
history as it did bellow in the lyrical discourse of Sojourner Truths
"Ain't I a Women too". This piece does not add to the multicultural
contribution of the writer ,but heighten the identification of a black
females soul. The writer,has evolved and grown to incorporate the human
cry, as seen in the piece written for the presidential inauguration,
suggesting that growth and exposure outside her vacuum allowed her to
identify the tender humanity that crosses cultural lines.

regina green from United States

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Phenomenal Woman
Added: Feb 9 2004
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