The bees have an innate, uncontrollable desire to be near the honey; likewise, the men cannot help but flock towards Angelou. Men leave no stone unturned to unravel her mystery but they fail miserably. The repeated proud assertion of being a phenomenal woman is a celebration of womanhood.
I walk proud, and people like me. This unresolved mystery, Maya feels, makes her so coveted amongst the men. She begins her poem with a couplet in Maya angelou phenomenal woman first two lines: While women can change the way they look, Angelou insinuates that they will never be able to replicate what she naturally possesses inside herself.
Helpless men used to stoop flock after her just the way bees swarm around their hive. Angelou, who died at the age of 86 inis one of the most celebrated poets and memoirists in American literature. Maya Angelou was born "Marguerite Johnson", but her brother nicknamed her "Maya" meaning "mine", and it stuck.
Angelou explains that she does not need to draw attention to herself; the attention is naturally given to her because she is a woman. Sometimes there is an additional smaller reproduction. While Angelou does not utilize much figurative language in the poem, she effectively uses a metaphor when comparing the men swooning around her to bees around a hive of honey.
Although the two are miles apart bot "I write for the Black voice and for any ear which can hear it. She describes her secret saying that it comes from her confidence, the way she stretches her arms, the way she walks, the rhythm of her hips and also the way she smiles.
In the third stanza, she says she remains an enigma to men. The poem is given an extra dimension, as it is accompanied by reproductions of paintings of Tahitian women by Paul Gauguin, who died 25 years before Angelou was born. The poet proudly asserts that she is very happy with whatever she has and definitely is not going to take a plunge to beautify herself.
Her physical incongruity makes the questioning women more curious and they have a strong feeling that the poet conceals the secret of her success.
They cannot stand the idea of totality. Although the two are miles apart both in time, culture and location, it is an inspired coupling. This phrase is a double-edged sword. Since she has a body of her own; her glistening smile, movement of the waist, lightness of her feet makes her a champion.
As life proceeded, I never felt good about myself and I perceived myself as ugly, my hips and butt too large and I allowed the enemy of my soul to year by year haunt me and my self worth plummeted. At the back there is a short one-side biography of each, the poet and the painter.
Maya Angelou now takes initiative to decode the mystery further for the bewildering women. She appears the way she exists. Maya Angelou tries to reveal the mystery but the myopic men fail to see it.
She tells that she does not need to do anything loud to snatch attention. She died on May 28, This firmness, this confidence makes her a phenomenal woman who refuses to mould herself according to male desire. It is a beautiful slim hardback book, slightly wider than an average paperback, and contains just one famous poem Phenomenal Woman by the great Maya Angelou.
She proudly declares that neither she has an hourglass figure, nor she has a cute face. I had no spiritual being and my life was exposed to the material matters and outwardly appearances seemed to be what mattered most.
In the last stanza, she expects her readers to understand how and why she always walks with her head held high.Phenomenal Woman has 4, ratings and reviews.
Petra X said: Update Sadly, after a tragic childhood but a wonderful, fulfilled life as an adult, May /5. Maya Angelou’s book, “Phenomenal Woman” is one of her best works that I think every girl, no matter the color of her skin, should have in their collection because it helps young women to face adversities, build an identity, and appreciate why we are all /5().
Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women of our time.
Her writing pulls on the hearts of many readers. In addition to her proliferous writing career, Maya Angelou has been a civil rights activist.
This poem shows how even though someone is not beautiful on the outside compared to society's standards, there is an inner beauty that makes a woman /5(K). An acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St.
Louis, Missouri. Angelou had a broad career as a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood’s first female black director, but became most famous as a writer, editor, essayist, playwright.
PHENOMENAL WOMAN by Maya Angelou. Pretty women wonder where my secret lies I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman.
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou - Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tel.Download