"Phenomenal Woman" as a Piece of Literary Art Poem Review by Aloyce79

"Phenomenal Woman" as a Piece of Literary Art
An analysis of Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman".
# 154132 | 1,326 words | 3 sources | APA | 2015
Published by on Feb 23, 2015


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"Penned in 1978, 'Phenomenal Woman' is one of Maya Angelou's most acknowledged works. Though praised and criticized in equal measure, both supporters and critics of this poem will agree that the author is indeed a phenomenal woman. The past life of the author contributed greatly towards the writing of this poem. Hence, agreeing or disagreeing on the phenomenal woman in Angelou requires one to simultaneously analyze her life and the poem. Through the poem, it clearly emerges that a phenomenal woman does not care of the thoughts of others, and this enables her to exude great self-confidence.
"It is worth noting that Angelou had a very unfortunate upbringing. She hardly lived with her parents since they divorced when she was only three. Her childhood life in a hostile neighborhood was more challenging as evidenced by a painful rape ordeal that made her silent for five years. Moreover, Angelou was a black woman brought up in the America South when racism was the norm. She dropped out of school in her teens but returned only to become pregnant in her senior year. However, she graduated a few weeks just before giving birth, but had to endure the hardship of single motherhood. Eventually, Angelou developed her talent in music, performance, dance and poetry; and rose to poetically inspire many across the world. Her period and work in a Ghanaian university as an administrator saw her contribute a lot to improve African women's conditions. That is indeed phenomenal. As noted by Hagen Lyman (1997), every woman will not quit in their quest for happiness and appreciation in as much as most keep looking for them in wrong places."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Rose, R. (2011, 10 14). Poets And Poetry. Retrieved 7 31, 2014, from Humanities360: http://www.humanities360.com
  • AN ANALYSIS OF THE POEM `PHENOMENAL WOMAN' BY MAYA ANGELOU PAGE \* MERGEFORMAT 5
  • Running head: AN ANALYSIS OF THE POEM `PHENOMENAL WOMAN' BY MAYA ANGELOU 1

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