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Analysis and comments on Men by Maya Angelou

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Comment 31 of 311, added on March 17th, 2006 at 12:20 PM.

This peom was deep, it brings to light one of the most darkest memories...
very good interpretation "Jake" if i didnt know any better i'd think you've
experienced it before...

ianA from Canada
Comment 30 of 311, added on December 9th, 2005 at 9:25 AM.

I honestly thought this poem was so wack. This poem Made absolutely no
since at all.

Trin from United States
Comment 29 of 311, added on November 30th, 2005 at 9:41 AM.

Everything that you wrote in this poem about men is so true. I actually
understood this poem and it is also very creative.

Keke from United States
Comment 28 of 311, added on November 16th, 2005 at 2:19 AM.

When I read this poem for the first time, I was shocked! The details of how
the girl is starving for the men outside. How she stares at men's shoulders
as men stare at young women's breasts! And how the girl is jealous of the
suit that gets to feel that sexy butt also shows that she wants sex.
Furthermore, I was amazed to see how Maya Angelou goes into the details of
the rape!
So here is how I interpreted it: The girl is only 15 - she is desperate to
have a man in her life. She is "starving" (desperate) for a man. I think
this girl is too timid. She falls for this one guy and she thinks she is
the most special girl in the world. Unfortunately, the man just wants to
have sex with her. He just wants her body. She is raped and she feels her
"juices" coming out of her which I believe is her blood since it says that
her mind pops - which can really be saying that she has just lost her
virginity to this stranger. Wow! And the juices land on the man's shoes.
Obviously they were not lying on the shoes when he raped her rather he was
raping her standing which emphasizes even more how badly she was raped. Her
soul was deeply damaged. Therefore she feels there is "no keys" that can
open her up. she will never forget how she was raped. Plus she can never
get her virginity back and she hates herself for it.
Finally when she comes down (which could be many weeks later or longer),
she obviously still regrets letting that man into her life BUT when the
poem ends with "maybe", that is just really amazing because it shows how
people try to forget the bad events in their lives but sometimes they
forget the lessons that they SHOULD remember.
This poem greatly impressed me. I think the way Maya wrote this poem was
very focused on physical things to show that one should never see things
purely on how they appear. Don't judge a book by its cover.
And she is warning all females that they should be very careful and
cautious when it comes to dealing with men. Rape is traumatizing! Anyone
who experiences it is shocked by it! Your soul is being intruded. Itís a
very scary thought. WOW! Great poem!

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Jake from United States
Comment 27 of 311, added on November 13th, 2005 at 9:46 AM.

Men...What can U Say? They have the power to stir up an unknown
fascination. At the same time, they can take everything you feel worthy.
Maya Angelou intensifies their use of power, ending the poem with a maybe
leading me to believe she may actually go through it again.

Britt Bratt from United States
Comment 26 of 311, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 5:09 AM.

I have recently started reading your work Maya and i have never ever read
anything like it.you are the mom and dad i have not been fourtunate to have
in one i hope i grow up to be all that i can be in all my naturalness and
be true to myself always.you are a blessing to us young people and inspire
me to want to grow be a lady with class and intergrity. love the poem
thankyou again for everything with love xxxxxxxxx

KIM from United Kingdom
Comment 25 of 311, added on September 11th, 2005 at 8:33 AM.

i love the poem so much.it's so real that i can make sense it.it's a real

omid from Iran
Comment 24 of 311, added on August 19th, 2005 at 8:11 AM.

I enjoyed this poem, it immediately began to tantilize my senses....men!
This poem spoke to me of awareness and the levels of awarness that exist.
All men have good and evil it's for us to be aware...for the young woman in
the poem and for so many of us that awarness is only opened with
experience...sometimes good sometimes not so good...but life goes on so we
must go on.

Georgianna from United Kingdom
Comment 23 of 311, added on July 7th, 2005 at 2:08 PM.

I really love this poem. I think that it's speaking of the innocence and
vulnerability of a young woman when noticing and dealing with a man for the
first time. While growing up sometimes all we hear are the knight in
shining armor stories about men and love, never imagining that there could
be a not so pleasant side to it.

Del Cooley from United States
Comment 22 of 311, added on July 7th, 2005 at 11:11 AM.

I have to say you are beauiful in every word that you write. I believe this
poem is about the rape of a little girl becoming women before her time. I
would know cause I was like this little girl watching the men pass by and
wondering if life would deal for me. Thank you Maya for writing my feeling
and my pain.

Stephanie from United States

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Poet: Maya Angelou
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