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Analysis and comments on The Lesson by Maya Angelou

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Comment 14 of 34, 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 34, 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

Comment 12 of 34, 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

ME from United States
Comment 11 of 34, 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 34, 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 from Canada
Comment 9 of 34, added on April 11th, 2006 at 4:35 PM.

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

Amber from United States
Comment 8 of 34, added on February 21st, 2006 at 8:40 AM.

Woweeeeeee. =)

Goolia from New Zealand
Comment 7 of 34, added on February 14th, 2006 at 4:21 PM.

cool poem!!!!!!

Megan from United States
Comment 6 of 34, added on January 19th, 2006 at 9:40 PM.

Incredible. shows that no matter what you go through in life in the end it
will all be right again.

Merick from United States
Comment 5 of 34, added on November 20th, 2005 at 10:31 AM.

i agree with jewel e. and kathy on this.... they know what they're talking
about alright.

Leah 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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