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This paper discusses Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenol Woman" and points out the fact that the poem is written in free verse, which implies that Angelou seeks to emphasize the idea of freedom and liberation from traditional norms. The paper then looks at the tone of the poem and how it reflects this idea of liberation and how Angelou criticizes modern cultural ideas about female beauty. Next, the paper shows how the poem celebrates the narrator's power over men and emphasizes the narrator's sexuality. The paper concludes that freedom is the key to the poem, as is the pride of women in their own nature and qualities.
From the Paper:"The poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou was published in 1978, in the book And Still I rise. The author was already a well-known poet, lecturer and director; an all round Renaissance woman. Maya Angelou is rated highly as an activist, being recognized by people such as Martin Luther King Jr, and Presidents of the United States. As well as being a political speaker and feminist, it is for her poetry that Maya Angelou is best known. She has described poetry as having the power "To stoke courage and inspire personal growth" (Dial, 2005), and also says that "Romantic poetry is meant to keep us alive" (ibid). Poems, and the language in which they are delivered, are made to be experienced by the reader, and gain strength and power through finding common cause with the narrators of such poems. Maya Angelou has intended her poem to provide inspiration and strength to female readers, and give them pride in being themselves."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Angelou, Maya "Phenomenal Woman" (2006) http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/maya_angelou/poems/492 Accessed 10 November 2007
- Cecil, Kelly Holland "Maya Angelou 1928-" 1998 http://www.uncp.edu/home/canada/work/canam/angelou.htm Accessed 10 November 2007
- Dial, Tabitha "Maya Angelou: Poet, Scholar, Activist" Metropolitan Newspaper May 5,. 2005 Volume 29, Issue 31.
- Fussell, Paul Poetic Meter and Poetic Form New York: McGraw-Hill Inc. 1979/
- Roberts, Philip Davies How Poetry Works Middlesex, England: Penguin 1991
Cite this Poem Review:
"Phenomenal Woman" (2009, November 26) Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/poem-review/phenomenal-woman-117295/
""Phenomenal Woman"" 26 November 2009. Web. 21 April. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/poem-review/phenomenal-woman-117295/>