Monday, October 31, 2005

week 6 post 1

Phenomenal Woman
Maya Angelou

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
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
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I really loved this poem because it is so inspirational. It is nice to hear someone say for once that they feel attractive without trying and just being themselves. Throughout our day we are faced with constant advertising images telling us to change ourselves, to wear this and do that so that people will be more attracted to us. In this poem Maya Angelou goes against the stereotypes of what a beautiful woman is and yet she is attractive enough to make other women jealous. The line breaks make this poem an even greater one. After she says “I say,” in each stanza she lists out the ways that she believes makes her attractive. When she does this, the lists are short and easy to read. The line breaks are done with correct punctuation and also each line break starts a new thought. All these techniques makes this poem easy to understand and easier to read.


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