Celebration of Womanhood in "Phenomenal Woman"
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The paper discusses how Maya Angelou in her four-poem collection "Phenomenal Woman" reflects the same enthusiasm for the self and elation that is present in the works of the American national poet, Walt Whitman. The paper analyzes how Angelou makes an unforgettable statement in favor of the belief in the self as the most important creed in the lives of black women. The paper portrays how Angelou's poetry is an art and an important teaching, with almost healing properties for the black audience that has to live under the shadow of the oppressive past.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Angelou, Maya. Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women. New York: Random House,
- Hagen, Lyman B. "Poetry: Something About Everything," in Heart of a Woman, Mind of a Writer, and Soul of a Poet: A Critical Analysis of the Writings of Maya Angelou, University Press of America, Inc., 1997, pp. 118-36.
- Ramsey, Priscilla R. "Transcendence: The Poetry of Maya Angelou," in Current Bibliography on African Affairs, Vol. 17, No. 2, 1984-85, pp. 139-53.
Cite this Poem Review:
Celebration of Womanhood in "Phenomenal Woman" (2008, October 28) Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/poem-review/celebration-of-womanhood-in-phenomenal-woman-108809/
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