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Analysis and comments on Men by Maya Angelou

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Comment 36 of 336, added on February 13th, 2007 at 4:22 PM.

this poem is incredible and i ain't surprised because Mrs. Maya Angelou is
one the most inspiring writer to kids like me i am a young poet and i love
to write about stuff like that and so much more i thought it would be a
great to do this comment i hope Mrs.Angelou sees this

tiara willingham from United States
Comment 35 of 336, added on January 6th, 2007 at 2:20 PM.

This poem is just an example of the maturity of this woman and her
remarkable ability to articulate her body's thoughts, as well as her
mind's. It seems very clear to me. It speaks simply about the complexity
of our need for men as well as the distinct differences in our characters.
Just obvious talent in this piece. I appreciate being granted the
privelege of observing this from Maya's perspective.

Lisa from United States
Comment 34 of 336, added on May 4th, 2006 at 3:13 PM.

This is an amazing piece of poetry. It has such emotion and power. I love
it. If you think it's disgusting, then maybe you are just too immature to
read it. Many people can relate to this topic, I'm not one of them, but
there's got to be poems for everything....

lindsey from United States
Comment 33 of 336, added on March 31st, 2006 at 6:37 PM.

This is the most discusting thing i have ever read in my entire life.I
personaly and speaking for many other people too don't want to hear or read
a nasty poem about someone getting raped.The only reason i was looking at
poems was because i was doing a research project and hoped to find an
interesting yet appropriate poem for school. This poem looked interesting
because I thought it would be like " oh men are hot but there still stupid
" this would still be true and how all women feel from 6th grade and up!!
That was so gross and I know that it really happened to her but that
doesn't mean that she has to write about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ciara from Fiji
Comment 32 of 336, added on March 26th, 2006 at 8:04 PM.

Maya probably derived her inspiration for this from when she was raped when
she was ten. I think it was her uncle or something. She grasped the entire
event and let us relive it through her poem. Exceptional.

Lillian from United States
Comment 31 of 336, 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 336, 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 336, 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 336, 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!

I'm in my second year of college.
If anyone wants to email me, my email address is

Jake from United States
Comment 27 of 336, 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

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Men
Added: Feb 9 2004
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