Such honesty of her appearance exudes tremendous confidence which makes men go Every time she enters the room, she becomes the cynosure of present contingent of men. Author, with Charlie Reilly and Amiri Bakara, Conversations with Amiri Bakara. Woman inner beauty makes a women whole and beautiful. It is something that is very often used in poems and songs. Phenomenal Woman Summary The first-person speaker of the poem to read the poem , presumably Angelou, is describing the allure she has as a woman. Ifyou disagree, you should look up poem types and decide.
The idea of poetry is to take a big idea or emotion or moment in time, and express it precisely. Angelou joined the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s and met James Baldwin and other important writers. She has a proud smile which exudes optimism. Stanza 3: In the third stanza, she says she remains an enigma to men. 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.
Initially, I looked at translation in a negative way, with the idea that if the poem cannot be perfectly recreated it is not of equal importance or quality. It's because she has soo much confidence and she has her head on her shoulders. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. 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. Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
Angelou sums up and speaks directly to the readers to make sure they have understood her points in the previous three stanzas and are able to understand what she meant by saying she is phenomenal. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. Initially, Angelou declined the offers, but eventually changed her mind and wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Structurally, Angelou breaks her poem into four major stanzas, with two smaller, yet still significant stanzas in between. Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed.
Maya Angelou herself is not a small woman. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. Maya Angelou is often credited for the simplicity in the use of her language and the present verse is no exception. The rhythms of the poem are deeply influenced by Angelou's experiences with the Southern African-American churches of her youth. Thank y … ouThank you Besides the fact that his poems were emotional and moving, the majority of them are called Free Verse poems. As bees find shelter in a hive, helpless men seek refuge in the not-so-glamorous body of the poet. 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.
Angelou compares men to bees and she says that whenever they see her they all surround her and they all want to get as close to her as possible. Wilfred Owen wrote about life in trenches and brutality of the war. The first stanza includes the physical traits that make her stand out, from her hips to her smile. It is done to make it even more clear that Angelou perceives herself as a women that is not only beautiful but smart and that she is phenomenal. Despite not being what society thinks she should be - ideally beautiful - the phenomenal woman can attract the opposite sex to her simply by entering a room.
Her physical incongruity makes the questioning women more curious and they have a strong feeling that the poet conceals the secret of her success. 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. When given that much freedom some people tend to go back to regular writing rather than poetry. There is chemistry at work here and the reason why the men are all a buzz? Cummings, David Ignatow, Billy Collins, or any poet you admire. Hyperbole A figure of speech composed of a striking exaggeration. At the start it is talking about the closeness she had with him then in the middle of the poem it is talking about how he may have had to leave her for freedom.
Yet it is only love which sets us free. She is also known for her supreme skill with the poetic rhythm. I'm successful, strong, I can make heads turn and keep people interested by my delightful personality. A metaphor is the same thing, except you call the two alike things each other. Flowers, an educated African American woman, finally got her to speak again.
Her arch of the back, her glorious smile, rhyming motion of her breasts remains a jigsaw and single-minded men will never find the final piece of this jigsaw. It was subsequently published by Random House publication in a volume edited by Linda Sunshine and accompanying paintings by Paul Gaugin illustrating the poems, in the year 2000. Today, I realize at 43 my density is to be cognizant of my worth and to move forward with the beauty that God instilled in me. Holst wrote in Christian Century. One of her other good ones is called still I rise, and alone, and phenomenal woman. While Phenomenal Woman remains an empowering and relevant piece of literature, to truly understand its impact and gravity, we need to delve into historical context. Touch Arch in back, ride of breasts Smell — none, Hear The click of my heals , Taste — None.