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Analysis and comments on The Lesson by Maya Angelou

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Comment 18 of 28, added on January 19th, 2009 at 8:20 PM.

I think this poem is bout making mistakes and learning from them in order
to love and appreciate life more.

by the way, does anyone know when this poem was published?

Eliza Chen from Canada
Comment 17 of 28, added on January 19th, 2009 at 8:20 PM.

I think this poem is bout making mistakes and learning from them in order
to love and appreciate life more.

by the way, does anyone know when this poem was published?

Eliza Chen from Canada
Comment 16 of 28, added on November 2nd, 2008 at 2:35 PM.

if death is used as a metaphor for mistakes or downs it makes sense... i
mean mistakes which kill you in a sense the inside , but still you live,
you dont learn anything if you dont make mistakes and she loves life so she
loves to learn form her mistkaes??


isabella from Spain
Comment 15 of 28, added on June 4th, 2008 at 8:58 AM.

this poem is toching

shila
Comment 14 of 28, added on September 5th, 2007 at 8:15 AM.

My thoughts on this poem are that it is about a woman trying to battle old
age. Angelou uses a contradiction that makes sense and that is that the
more she loves to live, the more she dies. It is a brillaint piece of work.

Georgia from South Africa
Comment 13 of 28, added on May 31st, 2007 at 8:57 AM.

i feel like it could almost be talking about a tree in a sense. the lines
are the lines of the bark the dying every winter whith the cold. and the
vines of the tree that regrow each year making it bigger. thats my view

chris
Comment 12 of 28, added on March 29th, 2007 at 9:50 PM.

No Sharron it was not confusing! You obviously dont have a poetic mind.
Poems dont have to rhyme and you have to think deeper in order to
understand it. The meaning of the poem isnt gonna come hit you in the face
right away(like i wish my fist would!). This poem is amazing! Maya is a
great poet. Maya Angelou and Shel Silverstein are my two favorite poets.
Maya's poems deal with mature topics and require a higher level of
thinking.

ME from United States
Comment 11 of 28, added on January 15th, 2007 at 3:46 PM.

To die is to be born again(to live), to live is to die.

Mecca from United States
Comment 10 of 28, added on May 7th, 2006 at 4:50 PM.

this poem catches my eye and im putting it in my project of other famouse
poets for school.i love this poem very much its very inspiring!keep up the
work maya,keep up the work.
~shiane~

shiane from Canada
Comment 9 of 28, added on April 11th, 2006 at 4:35 PM.

Dat poem waz insirational 2 me.It waz off da hook!


Amber from United States

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: The Lesson
Added: Apr 13 2005
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Poem of the Day: May 12 2012


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