Phenomenal woman Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is a famous writer and poet. The story of her beginnings is heart rendering. She was raped when she was 8. When her rapist escaped jail time, he was murdered, presumably by her uncles. In her child’s mind, she believed that he had died because she had spoken his “name”. This caused her to not talk for 5 years.

However, out of this evil, something wonderful was created. In this time(of silence for coping with her rape), she reading avidly on a wide variety of subjects and introspected. When she decided she was ready to talk again, she had a lot to say and many different ways to say it. Thus was born a great poet, whose words have touched many a soul, including mine. She was a phenomenal woman, who is best known for her 7 autobiographies of childhood & early adulthood experiences. Maya Angelou went on to recite one of her poems “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of Bill Clinton.

But, the one that pulls my heartstrings, is her poem, “Phenomenal Woman” reproduced in part above. The combination of the rhythm, the words, the undercurrent of confidence, and the tone with which she says, “I say” and “That’s me”, has always left me feeling inspired and proud to be a woman.

Dedicated to all the phenomenal women in the world.

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7 thoughts on “Woman, Phenomenally, Phenomenal Woman:Maya Angelou:#AtoZChallenge

  • March 28, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Beautiful poem indeed, Namratha. I also read her ‘I know why the caged bird sings.’ It was really heart-wrenching.

  • March 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Was this your theme last year? I am greatly inspired by Maya Angelou wasn’t aware of this heartbreaking story

    • March 28, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Yes. Last year, I did not have a completely well defined theme, but it more or less boiled down to Stories of Inspiring Women, famous or not so well known.

  • April 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I love that poem! It’s one of the few of hers that I’ve read, and I should definitely read more. Did not know about her childhood. That was hard to read… Tremendous respect for her!

  • April 28, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I recently watched a PBS documentary of Maya. A lovely woman in the truest sense of the word, and truly phenomenal!

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  • April 28, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Oh wow. I had no idea what her backstory was. I have even more respect for her now. What an incredible woman she was.


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