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A collection of beloved poems about women from the iconic Maya Angelou These four poems, "Phenomenal Woman," "Still I Rise," "Weekend Glory," and "Our Grandmothers," are among the most remembered and acclaimed of Maya Angelou's poems. They celebrate women with a majesty that has inspired and touched the hearts of millions. These memorable poems have been reset and bound in a A collection of beloved poems about women from the iconic Maya Angelou These four poems, "Phenomenal Woman," "Still I Rise," "Weekend Glory," and "Our Grandmothers," are among the most remembered and acclaimed of Maya Angelou's poems. They celebrate women with a majesty that has inspired and touched the hearts of millions. These memorable poems have been reset and bound in a beautiful edition--a gift to keep and to give.


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A collection of beloved poems about women from the iconic Maya Angelou These four poems, "Phenomenal Woman," "Still I Rise," "Weekend Glory," and "Our Grandmothers," are among the most remembered and acclaimed of Maya Angelou's poems. They celebrate women with a majesty that has inspired and touched the hearts of millions. These memorable poems have been reset and bound in a A collection of beloved poems about women from the iconic Maya Angelou These four poems, "Phenomenal Woman," "Still I Rise," "Weekend Glory," and "Our Grandmothers," are among the most remembered and acclaimed of Maya Angelou's poems. They celebrate women with a majesty that has inspired and touched the hearts of millions. These memorable poems have been reset and bound in a beautiful edition--a gift to keep and to give.

30 review for Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petra-X

    Update Sadly, after a tragic childhood but a wonderful, fulfilled life as an adult, Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman, has died this morning 27th May, 2014 at 86. ______ Maya Angelou is such a wonderful wordsmith, you can see she writes with a smile, and maybe a wink, and a backward glance, half flirtatious, over her shoulder. She's a phenomenal author. 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 tel Update Sadly, after a tragic childhood but a wonderful, fulfilled life as an adult, Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman, has died this morning 27th May, 2014 at 86. ______ Maya Angelou is such a wonderful wordsmith, you can see she writes with a smile, and maybe a wink, and a backward glance, half flirtatious, over her shoulder. She's a phenomenal author. 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 Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them, They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I read this years ago. The pleasure of it, like with all good poetry, isn't diminished by the passage of time or the number of times I've reread it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    "I write for the Black voice and for any ear which can hear it." So said the author of this little book, who sadly died earlier this year. 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. 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. Although the two are miles apart bot "I write for the Black voice and for any ear which can hear it." So said the author of this little book, who sadly died earlier this year. 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. 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. Although the two are miles apart both in time, culture and location, it is an inspired coupling. At the back there is a short one-side biography of each, the poet and the painter. Additionally, there is a list of titles of all the paintings, with dates and present locations. Each double page spread has a painting by Gauguin, plus two lines, a couplet or maybe more, from Angelou's poem. Sometimes there is an additional smaller reproduction. The choices perfectly mirror the descriptions in the poem itself; they are so apt that it is possible to read the book as if they are illustrations for it, although of course the paintings have an inner life and beauty of their own, glowing with colour and vitality. Maya Angelou was born "Marguerite Johnson", but her brother nicknamed her "Maya" meaning "mine", and it stuck. She is a unique voice in poetry, and respected as a writer, performer, teacher and director. She has left a powerful legacy. This poem is typical of her voice, and as with much of her work, benefits from narration. The words are simple, repetitive, rhythmic and structured. There is a refrain, "I'm a woman, Phenomenally, Phenomenal woman, That's me." There is colour and light, sensitivity and gentleness in both poem and paintings. There is strength, power, vitality, knowledge and wry humour. Her poem is inspirational and life-affirming. "All of my work is meant to say, "You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated."" Just one poem, but it is a lovely book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clare Bear

    Phenomenal Woman 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 Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It's the fire in my eyes, An Phenomenal Woman 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 Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can't see. I say, It's in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed. I don't shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It's in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, 'Cause I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Maya Angelou This is a great song/poem and I have read a few of her other poems online and would like to read this book. Googling is fantastic, but there's nothing like settling down with the printed page in a comfy chair.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Parthiban Sekar

    "Phenomenal Woman" has always been one of the unforgettable poems to me, though it is about a women or women as a whole. As the title claims to be, these four poems are the greatest works of Maya Angelou, celebrating women. Though it says "Celebrating Women", it is not necessary that only women can read these quintessential poems. "Still I rise" and "Weekend Glory" are hard to forget once we read them, as the unrelenting words would start resonating deep within us. The last poem "Our Grandmothers" "Phenomenal Woman" has always been one of the unforgettable poems to me, though it is about a women or women as a whole. As the title claims to be, these four poems are the greatest works of Maya Angelou, celebrating women. Though it says "Celebrating Women", it is not necessary that only women can read these quintessential poems. "Still I rise" and "Weekend Glory" are hard to forget once we read them, as the unrelenting words would start resonating deep within us. The last poem "Our Grandmothers" is an ode to grandmothers. Through this masterpiece, Maya brings out to us the torturous path which her grandmothers, unmoved, apparently took to unlatching the doors of freedom, while helplessly sending her ignorant and shoe-less children away... "When you learn, teach. When you get, give. As for me, I shall not be moved." My other favorite from Maya: Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brown Girl Reading

    Absolutely fantastic little book containing 4 of Maya Angelou's well known poems - Phenomenal Woman, Still I Rise, Weekend Glory, Our Grandmothers. Four fabulous poems celebrating women in their extraordinariness! It's 22 pages and it's small format makes it a lovely present for the important exceptional women in your life. Phenomenal Woman is also a great way to get acquainted with Maya Angelou's wonderful poetry. A pleasure to read and to savour over and over...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Absolutely beautiful. Makes me stand up so tall. Gave me goosebumps. Phenomenal Woman is one of my favourite poems.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yamin

    Maya Angelou's lyrical and strong voice shone through these pages. She truly was the most phenomenal. P.S. For the poems "Phenomenal woman" and "Still I rise", I would suggest you to listen to Maya's readings on YouTube. They are so much better with her voice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eva Gogola

    Whenever I feel the pressure of a misogynistic world, this is the book I will run to. I will open this tiny collection of four poems and gain the strength and power of a truly phenomenal woman. When I have my own home and I begin to collect the books that I want at my side, this will be one of the first I seek. ... They accuse me of livin' from day to day, but who are they kiddin'? So are they. My life ain't heaven but it sure ain't hell. I'm not on top but I call it swell From Weekend Glory

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cynda

    At first these poems appear crafted. Upon closer reading, they appear to be transcribed from Angelou's highest self. My GR friend Petra describes Angelou's writing style perfectly: Petra's review Angelou's writing is something beyond words, images, meaning. . . . It also compasses Sound. I may have first heard Angelou read her work at President Bill Clinton's first presidential election (1993). She used her resonant voice, a voice trained to sound forth without magnification aids. With such a voi At first these poems appear crafted. Upon closer reading, they appear to be transcribed from Angelou's highest self. My GR friend Petra describes Angelou's writing style perfectly: Petra's review Angelou's writing is something beyond words, images, meaning. . . . It also compasses Sound. I may have first heard Angelou read her work at President Bill Clinton's first presidential election (1993). She used her resonant voice, a voice trained to sound forth without magnification aids. With such a voice words take on a fuller, rounded-out meaning. What she writes, what I hear her say, I believe. When reading these four poems, two of which I have been read and re-reading for years, I hear Angelou's voice. Four poems are not enough. I may have to go find more Angelou poems. To get an idea of the power and sound of Angelou's voice: Angelou recites "Still I Rise"

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lekeisha The Booknerd

    Phenomenal poems, from a Phenomenal woman. Always go back to the Classics.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eszter

    Still I Rise You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries. Does my hau Still I Rise You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries. Does my haughtiness offend you? Don’t you take it awful hard ’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.

  12. 5 out of 5

    AlistairBookEater

    This book was wonderfully short and meaningful. Maya Angelou's poetic voice is an endless burning flame of passion and wisdom. And it's ironic that a phenomenal woman wrote a book of the same title.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    “It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally.” I really enjoyed this one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    SaЯRah Muhammad

    If every woman believed this and lived this Phenomenal Woman, what a powerful force we would be.Maya simply extols the WOMAN. She is effortlessly eloquent and each word is perfectly selected to fit. I take pride in being a woman more so since Maya can express my feelings that I could never put into words. Her poetry deserves as many stars as there are in the black night sky. 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, If every woman believed this and lived this Phenomenal Woman, what a powerful force we would be.Maya simply extols the WOMAN. She is effortlessly eloquent and each word is perfectly selected to fit. I take pride in being a woman more so since Maya can express my feelings that I could never put into words. Her poetry deserves as many stars as there are in the black night sky. 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 Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can't see. I say, It's in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed. I don't shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It's in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, 'Cause I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Maya Angelou Phenomenal Woman is an AMAZING poem that has touched so many females, showing that it is not whats on the outside that counts. showing that you dont have to be pretty or skinny to be phenomenal. this poem is one of my favorites because it made me stop worrying about what people think of me. i love this poem because when i am feeling ugly or fat i can read this poem and it will make me feel so much better

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amber Lewis

    Phenomenal Woman is one of my favorite Maya Angelou poems. Although I have read the poems several times before, I have never looked at the poem through the eyes of a writer. When I read the poem this last time, I was able to pick up on so much more about the content Maya Angelou discussed in her poem. One of the major elements recognized when reading the poem is Maya Angelou's use of repetition with the lines "I'm a woman, Phenomenally, Phenomenal Woman, That's me." This element ties with what is Phenomenal Woman is one of my favorite Maya Angelou poems. Although I have read the poems several times before, I have never looked at the poem through the eyes of a writer. When I read the poem this last time, I was able to pick up on so much more about the content Maya Angelou discussed in her poem. One of the major elements recognized when reading the poem is Maya Angelou's use of repetition with the lines "I'm a woman, Phenomenally, Phenomenal Woman, That's me." This element ties with what is talked about in chapter 5 of the Fletcher book which talks about the author's voice. By the use of repetition, the author's voice comes more alive to us as readers, and the main idea of the poem is constantly echoed in the reader's mind. We can also hear and sense how "phenomenal of a woman" the author is in the opening lines "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." Not only can we as readers hear the author's voice, but we can visualize her words so that the poem comes more alive. I think that this poem could be used in helping to teach writing to students. The overall theme of the poem talks about the author's view of herself, and how phenomenal she is despite what others may think or how hard she tries to help them see the phenomenal woman that she is. Students could create a poem where they take the theme and discuss how phenomenal they are. They should focus in on making sure their voice comes alive in the poem, and if possible, incorporate some use of repetition.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Davonni

    One of my all-time favorite poems! Growing up I was always exposed to poetry. My mother writes and has published two poetry books of her own. TO future show the love of poetry in my family my mother and father decided to name me after the famous author/poet Nikki Giovanni. In the 5th grade I preformed this poem for a school function for black history month ever since then I have always enjoyed reading this poem. This poem is such a wonderful piece of literature that no matter how many times I re One of my all-time favorite poems! Growing up I was always exposed to poetry. My mother writes and has published two poetry books of her own. TO future show the love of poetry in my family my mother and father decided to name me after the famous author/poet Nikki Giovanni. In the 5th grade I preformed this poem for a school function for black history month ever since then I have always enjoyed reading this poem. This poem is such a wonderful piece of literature that no matter how many times I read it, it doesn’t get old. The voice of the women in the poem is so strong. Maya Angelou doesn’t say she is talking about one woman in particular, and reading it I always feel like she is talking about women as a whole. The message is so strong; the words she uses to describe this “women” give you visual in your head of who this woman may be. She also does a great job a repetition. I usually don’t like books or poems that use repetition throughout it, but in this case I feel it was done in a way that only magnified the beauty of this poem. Every time she wrote the line “I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s Me.” it made it you think back in your mind that women you pictured in your head. I would use this book inside my classroom when talking about the proper use of repetition and how to bring your audience into your poems by doing so.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gala Ostlund

    Maya Angelou is a huge inspiration. She is a black women that grew up in times of oppression and prejudice yet still managed to become a hero. She wrote books, poems and short stories about her life and ideas. This collection of poems is my favorite because they encourage women to be all that they can be. "Phenomenal Women" reminds us that we are special. Most of her poems help inspire good self-esteem and a sense of self-worth. other ideas in these poems are: to embrace your culture, be proud o Maya Angelou is a huge inspiration. She is a black women that grew up in times of oppression and prejudice yet still managed to become a hero. She wrote books, poems and short stories about her life and ideas. This collection of poems is my favorite because they encourage women to be all that they can be. "Phenomenal Women" reminds us that we are special. Most of her poems help inspire good self-esteem and a sense of self-worth. other ideas in these poems are: to embrace your culture, be proud of yourself, love your family, work hard and we will be rewarded, and to help inspire others. Maya Angelou has been a huge influence on my life. She has worked through so many hard times and still managed to get her doctorates degree, become a public speaker, a teacher, and a phenomenal woman. I read these poems to myself and to my little sisters often, hoping we can learn from them and remember what is truly important in life. I know that these few poems have made me a stronger person with pride and confidence. Maya Angelou has bettered my life in so many ways and for that i am thankful. Please read this book. It can change your life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    this book was given to me by a dear friend when i first moved to new york city from texas. someone had gifted her a copy when she moved out to LA from texas a year or two before and she was paying it forward. i suppose the idea was for it to serve as a reminder of our strength - something we easily forget when we find ourselves all alone in a big, strange city. it definitely gave me a little bit of comfort and reassurance at the time. every young girl should be forced to read this over and over this book was given to me by a dear friend when i first moved to new york city from texas. someone had gifted her a copy when she moved out to LA from texas a year or two before and she was paying it forward. i suppose the idea was for it to serve as a reminder of our strength - something we easily forget when we find ourselves all alone in a big, strange city. it definitely gave me a little bit of comfort and reassurance at the time. every young girl should be forced to read this over and over. you know....actually, just every woman should, period. ============= i recently paid it forward to a friend of mine currently going through a divorce. she feels a bit lost and i hope this jump starts her journey back to herself. and that eventually, she pays it forward, as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    mwpm

    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 Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. - Phenomenal Woman A short, very short collection of Maya Angelou's poetry. Four poems, to be exact: "Phenomenal Woman", "Still I Rise", "Weekend Glory", and "Our Grandmothers". All of which are, as the 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 Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. - Phenomenal Woman A short, very short collection of Maya Angelou's poetry. Four poems, to be exact: "Phenomenal Woman", "Still I Rise", "Weekend Glory", and "Our Grandmothers". All of which are, as the subtitle states, celebrations of women and womanhood. All beautifully written, up to the high standards set by Angelou's best.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tania

    Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed. I don't shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. I especially enjoyed the first and last poem in the book. All of the poems are a compelling reminder of the special strenght of being a woman. I will be sharing all of them with my daughter once she is old enough. Thanks Sonja, this is such a beautiful gift.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I used to walk around quoting Phenomenal Women while thrusting out my hips to one side, throwing out my arms with my hands in what I thought were sophisticated poses(one higher than the other, and puckering my lips. I realize now that this must have been extremely annoying to all those forced to witness it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sanni (Book Lion)

    I absolutely love this cute, little book with Maya Angelou's poems. And when i say little i am referring to the number of pages rather then its meaning which i find inspirational, magnificent and unforgettable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Mattson

    This book gives amazing imagery and the last poem especially is wonderful. The metaphors included in this book are truly beautiful. It's a bit short, but good for a quick read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Antwanette

    I have heard and read this poem several times. I enjoy reading it because of the powerful language that Maya Angelou uses throughout it. She achieves this powerful language through imagery, detailed descriptions, slant rhyme, metaphors, and repetition. The terms phenomenal and phenomenal woman are repeated at the end of each stanza of the poem. This is a constant reminder to the reader that this poem is primarily about a phenomenal woman. The slant rhyme also adds power to the language. We can s I have heard and read this poem several times. I enjoy reading it because of the powerful language that Maya Angelou uses throughout it. She achieves this powerful language through imagery, detailed descriptions, slant rhyme, metaphors, and repetition. The terms phenomenal and phenomenal woman are repeated at the end of each stanza of the poem. This is a constant reminder to the reader that this poem is primarily about a phenomenal woman. The slant rhyme also adds power to the language. We can see this in the following lines, “I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally.” In this poem Maya Angelou also uses detailed descriptions and imagery that assist the reader in forming a mental image of what is being portrayed within the poem. For example, “It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips.” Additionally, the use of metaphors makes message stronger and added power to the language of this poem. We can see this in the following excerpt, “Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees.” I think Maya Angelou used powerful language very well in the piece. Although this piece included many aspects of craft, I would use it as a mentor text to teach the benefits of using metaphors and rhyme. I think these would be easiest to show to students and expect them to use in their own writing. Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, Inc. Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kiley Stevenson

    Personal Response: I really enjoyed this poem. It explained how personality means more than looks. I loved the message this poem gives. Plot Summary: The poem starts with her attacking all stereotypes on women. She explains how she doesn’t have a perfect body or a beautiful face, but somehow men still flock to her. Other women are baffled on why men are attracted to her. She says that it is the click in her step and the way she smiles that makes them want her. She explains that it is her confiden Personal Response: I really enjoyed this poem. It explained how personality means more than looks. I loved the message this poem gives. Plot Summary: The poem starts with her attacking all stereotypes on women. She explains how she doesn’t have a perfect body or a beautiful face, but somehow men still flock to her. Other women are baffled on why men are attracted to her. She says that it is the click in her step and the way she smiles that makes them want her. She explains that it is her confidence that is so attractive. She calls herself a “Phenomenal Woman” and she is for her personality is truly phenomenal. Recommendation: I would recommend this to any woman. Especially anyone who has issues with confidence. Character Description: Speaker: She is a woman who is not particularly attractive, but has a great personality and a lot of confidence in herself. She explains how it does not matter how you look just how you act. You do not need a perfect body, you just need to be a good person and have some confidence in yourself.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sauda Abdullah

    Phenomenal Woman is a beautifully written poem by Maya Angelou. The poem speaks of the uniqueness of women and what makes her a phenomenal woman. Angelou incorporates metaphors well into her writing by using lines like "Then they swarm around me. A hive of honey bees" and "the flash of my teeth." She also uses comeback lines and repeats "I'm a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That's me." I loved reading this poem and experiencing Angelou's use of subtly rhymes that didn't over power the me Phenomenal Woman is a beautifully written poem by Maya Angelou. The poem speaks of the uniqueness of women and what makes her a phenomenal woman. Angelou incorporates metaphors well into her writing by using lines like "Then they swarm around me. A hive of honey bees" and "the flash of my teeth." She also uses comeback lines and repeats "I'm a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That's me." I loved reading this poem and experiencing Angelou's use of subtly rhymes that didn't over power the meaning of her poem and allowed her voice to speak through her poetry. If I were to use this poem in a classroom setting I would use it in partnership with a picture book to teach students about comeback lines across genres.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dee's Reading Zone

    My favorite poems by Maya Angelou... "Phenomenal Woman," "Still I Rise," "Weekend Glory," and "Our Grandmothers," ... always recommended as a must read! "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 Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me." My favorite poems by Maya Angelou... "Phenomenal Woman," "Still I Rise," "Weekend Glory," and "Our Grandmothers," ... always recommended as a must read! "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 Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anita Heath

    Honestly, these poems were a bit hard to digest and some of them I couldn't really relate to. But the over all theme is one of women overcoming great odds and battling with reality and spirituality. It sheds light on the plight of the black slave women and gives a glimpse into their psyche. Here is an excerpt from "Our Grandmothers" "Centered on the world's stage, she sings to loves and beloveds, to her foes and detractors: However I am perceived and deceived, however my ignorance and conciets, lay asi Honestly, these poems were a bit hard to digest and some of them I couldn't really relate to. But the over all theme is one of women overcoming great odds and battling with reality and spirituality. It sheds light on the plight of the black slave women and gives a glimpse into their psyche. Here is an excerpt from "Our Grandmothers" "Centered on the world's stage, she sings to loves and beloveds, to her foes and detractors: However I am perceived and deceived, however my ignorance and conciets, lay aside your fears that I will be undone, for I shall not be moved."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Grace

    Maya Angelou is an amazing poet whose casual, musical style makes the reader almost feel as if they are hearing a song as opposed to reading a poem. In the poem "Phenomenal Woman," Angelou depicts a woman who is confident in her appearance and demeanor despite not being "built to suit a fashion model's size" or adhering to any stereotypical feminine ideals. As an aspiring poet, I am constantly envious of Angelou's superb mastery of rhyme and meter, as well as her use of repetition. Her strong vo Maya Angelou is an amazing poet whose casual, musical style makes the reader almost feel as if they are hearing a song as opposed to reading a poem. In the poem "Phenomenal Woman," Angelou depicts a woman who is confident in her appearance and demeanor despite not being "built to suit a fashion model's size" or adhering to any stereotypical feminine ideals. As an aspiring poet, I am constantly envious of Angelou's superb mastery of rhyme and meter, as well as her use of repetition. Her strong voice reverberates throughout every poem and makes this collection unique and alive.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert Davis

    Maya Angelou is an American Treasure, whose voice uplifts and carries the spirit of all who hear it. As she says, "All of my work is meant to say, 'You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated,' In fact, the encountering may be the very experience which create the vitality and the power to endure." - As quoted in The Norton Anthology of African American Literature -

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