Essay on The Interpretation of None the Other, Maya Angelou

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A poem can capture the mind, soul, and the bare heart, but, how can one’s interpretation of a poem alter the true value of the poem itself? The answer to this question may vary, depending on one’s interpretation. Then again, that response can be used to answer every question this world holds. Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. As a strong African-American woman, she has experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, yet also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and…show more content…
The speaker in “Alone” is a person who realizes that not even a man with all the riches in the world can be fully satisfied without the love from another.
There are some millionaires
With money they can't use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They've got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone. (PoemHunter.com)
Due to the style of Maya Angelou’s writing, it is clearly visible that she has endured, and believes in the concept that she is illustrating in “Alone.” As critic Lyman B. Hagen has observed, “Angelou may rank as a poet of moderate ability, but her poetry is praised for its honesty and for a moving sense of dignity.” Lyman states that although some might believe Dr. Angelou’s range in variety of writing might be only moderate, her poetry is nothing but honest, and portrays her dignity in every word stated. The contemporary era was a time when many writers were beginning to realize there is more to writing then just the genres that have already been discovered. They realized that the era they needed and created, the contemporary era, would portray writing in a completely different aspect. One filled with pure honesty, a poetic license for all, and no set and stone rule to any extent.
Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone

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