Marguerite Annie Johnson, known as Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928. She was a renowned American author, actress, singer, poet and dancer. Angelou has published three books of essays, seven autobiographies and several books of poetry. She was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She was a multi award winner and she got more than 50 honorary degrees.
“Nothing will work unless you do” (Maya Angelou). That’s exactly what she did having titles such as civil rights activist, poet, memoirist, actress, and screenwriter. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and has plays, movies, and television shows. Maya Angelou received several awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. She is also known for her famous poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, expressing her feelings about her early life. She had a hard life and overcame her struggle and became a very influential person to so many people including me.
Poetry is quite a force to be reckoned with. It makes people contemplate all sorts of things - love and loss, life and death. It is something that affects and connects and brings people across the world together, and the poetry of Maya Angelou is especially successful in doing exactly this. Angelou’s poems are extremely powerful and she has a way with words which are capable of evoking in the reader her exact feelings and beliefs about life, and love, racial and gender inequality, music, and the difficulties of living life. In her poems “Still I Rise,” “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” and “Equality,” Maya Angelou uses repetition, antithesis, and diction to show that despite a painful and tragic past, it is possible for people to overcome
In the Declaration of Independence it is stated, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" (Declaration). With this being said, people have no right to ridicule and judge others for their gender or their race because everyone is equal. "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou is a powerful poem that beautifully puts together how prejudice people continue to put down others, but through it all they still continue to fight back. Maya Angelou uses similes, metaphors, rhetorical questions, and repetition to inspire women and African Americans.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” As Maya Angelou says in this quote, travelling in itself allows people to experience different cultures and possibly understand the ways in which other people live. Vanessa, who is from eastern Nebraska, developed a love for travel at a remarkably young age. She also loves enjoying the outdoors and experiencing the beauty of nature. The locations that she traveled, whether it was to the copious number states she has visited or the countries in Europe she has visited, have influenced the person she is today.
Imagine a life, a nation, a world where an individual was defined by their race, role, or gender; yet, categorized as whole and deprived of their rights, chaos. In Maya Angelou’s piece “On the Pulse of Morning,” she explains the people who shaped ones everyday life, one being Cady Stanton. In her piece, “Declaration of Sentiments of the Seneca Falls Woman's’ Rights Convention,” she is a person from the past. She is an example of what Angelou has written about. Stanton fought for women's rights and has molded every female's life today. Even though Maya Angelou and Cady Stanton display the same concepts of freedom, equality, and achievement and success their perceptions differentiate.
In American history, there have been poets that have arrived on the scenes, taken the world by storm, and disappeared abruptly. Two of these poets are Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. These poets have shared their works of art with the world, and they have not gone unnoticed. As far as these two went in life, it is very surprising to find out that the two of them come from be humble beginnings.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” (John C. Maxwell). Cady Stanton who wrote Declaration of Sentiments and Maya Angelou who wrote On the Pulse of the Morning are two different people; one is fighting for rights people need, while the other one is alive and wants people to enjoy life. They talk about separate ideas, and they also discuss what people need versus how they need to enjoy life. Angelou and Stanton are different in their beliefs; Stanton fought for women's rights, and Angelou wanted people to know how beautiful one’s life can be.
I think that basically this prompt has the message for everyone to be more considerate of others and to be more grateful. I say this because in the prompt, Maya Angelou says, “They hear the first and last of every Tree Speak to humankind today. Come to me, here beside the River. Plant yourself beside the River.” If the nation is not lead correctly, there will be more pain, and trials and
“Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman.” (Online - White House). This memorial statement, by Barack Obama in 2014, encompasses how many felt towards Maya Angelou, one of the most influential writers and voices of her generation. Over the course of her lifetime, Maya Angelou was awarded over 50 honorary degrees and received the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Angelou’s personal admiration and self-love that is reflected in her poetic works, specifically, “Phenomenal Woman,” is credited to the overcoming of her traumatic childhood and her work in activism.
“Symanthy”, a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1899, tells the story of a bird stuck in a cage as it beats its wing on the bars and wails for help. “Caged Bird”, a piece by Maya Angelou in 1983, depicts a free bird, dancing through the wind, and a caged bird, crying for helps with its clipped wings and his binded feet. The caged birds from these poems are very similar, but the caged bird’s call for help from Maya Angelou’s poem is heard and hints that help is in the future for the bird, which makes Angelou’s poem more meaningful than Dubar’s.
In this essay, Maya Angelou demonstrates how the African American community was brought together by a fight to prove to the Whites that they too had the ability to succeed. The fight was an important event for the African Americans since back then they were looked as weak and if they won this fight it would signify that regardless of their race they had power. The African Americans gathered as a community for this fight and reacted the same way as Joe Louis; when he was getting beaten the crowd groaned and when he had the opportunity to beat the opponent, the crowd cheered. Maya Angelou writes this to display the strength a certain group obtains when brought together to achieve the same thing.Growing up in a big city has introduced me to different
After reading Maya Angelou’s quote, I realized there are still many things I have to learn about life. This quote made me think about how many things go unappreciated everyday, and how we should be thankful for these things. It also inspires me to work harder so that I can reach my goals in life. I need to learn this so that I can become a more appreciative and thankful person towards my family and friends.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Angelou expressed. Maya Angelou was a famous American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.Throughout her lifetime Maya starred in movies, wrote many poems, autobiographies, and essay books. She never wanted to hold anything back, whatever was on her mind she always wanted to write it down or announce it out loud. She loved the feeling of being able to express herself. With the mindset Maya had she was always qualified to come up with things to write about.
Harriet Tubman and Maya Angelou have many things in common, including the theme of never giving up in difficult times in their lives. Maya Angelou returned from her mother’s house once depressed, she wouldn't talk to anyone. She fought through this tough time through reading, which showed the theme of never giving up. Harriet Tubman a woman many traits but her best was never giving no matter what came her way. In many ways these woman are one in the same.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style" (Angelou 12). These quoted words came from a strong, wise minded, African American woman whose legacy still lives on. In this essay you will understand a lot about Maya Angelou's early life on how she became famous, her careers, how many awards she has received, and also how her legacy continues to have an impact on people.
Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou (April 4, 1928- May 28, 2014), also known as Maya Angelou, was an American author, poet, historian, singer, civil rights activist, and much, much more. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Stamps, Arkansas because of her parent divorcing. At an early age, she was faced to racial discrimination in Arkansas. Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend at a young age, which devastated her and led to stop talking at an early age. Therefore, the boyfriend was killed by Maya Angelou’s uncles because of this horrific act. When she became a young adult, she moved to San Francisco, where she studied and acted at the California Labor School. She made history by becoming the first African- American female
“Because I was really white and because a cruel fairy stepmother, who was understandably jealous of my beauty, had turned me into a too-big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad feet and a space between her teeth that would hold a number-two pencil” (pg. 3). I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is Maya Angelou’s autobiography of her early life, growing into a young woman, and finding herself in the process. Maya Angelou grew up in the time of Segregation, trying to discover who she was separated from the rest of the world. With only her brother Bailey, and her grandmother, “Momma,” to take solace in, for most of her early life she felt as though she had no friends. The title is a metaphor. Angelou is the caged bird and she sings because she found
Poetry can take on many forms, but it always has one common goal: to impact the reader in ways they have never been impacted before. A single poem can mean something different to every reader and even the poet. People read to poems to find humor, joy, solidarity, and comfort. Being a poet means being a guide for an audience much bigger than themselves, but it also means being true to oneself. Maya Angelou used poetry to impact the lives of many people and for that she is one of the most influential poets to this day.