Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou

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The author of “Phenomenal Woman,” Maya Angelou is a jack of many trades. This multi-talented woman is not only an award-winning author and poet, but also an actress, screenwriter, dancer, and civil rights activist (Maya par 2). Maya Angelou’s amazing gift of writing was so powerful and inspirational. Although she no longer walks the earth, her works continue to live on and be the food for our souls. She was truly a living example of the phenomenal and confident person that we should all strive to be. In the poem “Phenomenal Woman,” Maya Angelou lets us know that it is not what we look like. It is how we carry ourselves. We should have a sense of shamelessness about ourselves. We should be shameless and confident, no one can take away our pride, and they cannot do anything but respect us for it. Maya Angelou had a way of expressing her feelings and experiences through her writing. This poem was a beautiful example of her doing just that. In the first stanza, she writes using strong imagery to where I can immediately visualize the setting of the poem. I pictured the setting to be a formal event where Maya Angelou herself is walking into the venue, making a grand entrance that had all eyes on her. When I read the excerpt, “I 'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model 's size (Maya 2),” I instantaneously thought of the era Maya Angelou endured that her body type was not socially accepted. It was an era when being a black woman was far from being envied. Women with similar
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