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Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou

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 even more beautiful.

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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.


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  • This poem uses repeated lines at the end of each stanza to bring attention to being a phenomenal woman. This also gives structure to the poem, helping the ideas flow and be cohesive.

    I'm a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That's me.

    Read more about repetition and structure in poetry.
  • This poem uses a metaphor to compare men to a hive of bees. Metaphors compare two objects without using the words "like" or "as."

    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.

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  • by Minneapolis
  • 5/30/2014

Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou this poem is a Classic that deals with every women in the world. This poem shows that beauty is compare by what society thinks a woman should looked like, walk and talk etc. Woman inner beauty makes a women whole and beautiful. Man had always wondered what they see in a women. I feel that society today still plays a role in how a men looks at a women. We must know that we all are phenomenal and can give back to ourselves and others.

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  • by Marisa Rodriguez
  • 5/28/2014

Phenomenal Woman by Dr. Maya Angelou, discuses how real women have curves and reminds us we're not perfect. We don't have to be model shaped to be noticed by anyone...the way we stride, the way we smile, the way our voluptuousness allows men to take notice and the way we leave men wondering what it is that makes us so mysterious is a subject, throughout the years, making us aware that beauty is, indeed, in the eyes of the beholder..."Cause we are women phenomenally. Phenomenal women, that are we."

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