Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou Summary

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Phenomenal Woman" written by Maya Angelou is a poem that every woman can relate to. Angelou explains how she is a confident woman throughout each stanza. Harold Bloom states that "In this Hymn-like poem to women 's beauty, the self-confident speaker reveals her attributes as a phenomenal woman". Angelou tries to show her confidence in every line of the poem and then states what parts of her body actually shows that confidence and inner strength. Vitality Kotyakov said that "Modern society highly values women 's beauty"(Analysis of Phenomenal Women By Maya Angelou). Women now put them selves down because they do not think about their inner beauty they only listen to what other people may say about them. This poem really explains how to have confidence in your self no matter how you look. In each stanza, her confidence is shown by her inner strength through…show more content…
The way Maya Angelou wrote the poem it makes it very easy to see the imagery in each stanza. Angelou says "it 's the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth, the swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet"(22-25). In this quote, you can picture women walking into a room with her head held high and being proud of whom she is, in the way that Maya describes her self. The reader is able to picture Angelous inner strength because of how she words everything. "I don 't shout or jump about, Or have to talk real loud when you see me passing, it ought to make you proud"(48-51). With this quote, you are able to picture calm women that do not want to attract attention, but people still look and wonder what she is about. Williamson stated, "Angelou was raped by a friend of her mother." When thinking of someone being raped you would naturally think of someone that keeps to them self. Being raped would make anyone lose all confidence in them self and definitely not make them feel beautiful. But, Angelou is able to still hold her head up and know that she is beautiful despite what may have happened to her throughout
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