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Steph gorman kara larkin and anne laurita

Steph Gorman, Kara Larkin, and Anne Laurita

Maya AngelouA Phenomenal Woman


Maya angelou style

Maya Angelou: Style

  • irregular stanza structure

  • choppy and run-on sentences

  • alternates between stating, questioning and describing

  • last lines of verses often give closure while at the same time “leaving the reader hanging”

  • line-to-line repetition and/or parallel structure

  • uses mostly second person tense but sometimes switches the tense in the middle of the poem

  • uses onomatopoeia


Maya angelou commonalities

Maya Angelou: Commonalities

  • Female Anatomy, themes involving sexuality

  • Reminiscing about past loves and times

  • Difficulties of dealing with men

  • Mentions “workin’ in the factory”

  • Racism and African American Empowerment

    • Ex: My Guilt


Influence of gender life experience and culture biographical

Influence of Gender, Life Experience, and Culture- Biographical

  • Molested at age 7

  • Went silent for years after her uncle killed her mother’s boyfriend

  • Exposed to progressive ideals that caused her later political activism

  • Joined the Harlem Writers Guild

  • Worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Became Northern Coordinator for the

    Southern Christian Leadership Conference


Influence of gender life experience and culture primary sources

Influence of Gender, Life Experience, and Culture- Primary Sources

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

-Maya Angelou, 1969

(the first part of her autobiography)


Influence of gender life experience and culture examples

Influence of Gender, Life Experience, and Culture- Examples

My crime is "heroes, dead and gone,“

dead Vesey, Turner, Gabriel,

dead Malcolm, Marcus, Martin King.

-My Guilt

The variety of our skin tonescan confuse, bemuse, delight,brown and pink and beige and purple,tan and blue and white.

-Human Family

His tune is heardon the distant hillfor the caged birdsings of freedom.

-I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Critics viewpoints

Critics’ Viewpoints

“strong note of self-affirmation”

-Publishers Weekly

“at times to chatty and anecdotal”

-Janet Boyarin Blundell

“model of conduct for people”

-Adam David Miller

“portrays the strong Black American woman”

-Hilary Bailey


More critics viewpoints

More Critics’ Viewpoints

“relies often on rhythm for success”

-Calendaria Silva

“venomous hostility to one and all of the white race”

-Daisy Aldan

“musical, rhythmical, enchanting”

-Mary Silva Cosgrave

“sexual nuances”

-R. B. Stepto


We agree with the critics

We agree with the critics:

  • Self-confidence and affirmation is an important part of many of her poems

  • She sometimes goes off on a whim and quite wordy and anecdotal

  • Focuses on strong women overcoming their emotional and physical struggles, especially African Americans, and serves as a role model for them

  • Most of her poems and musical and lyrical, rather than following a strict rhyme scheme


We disagree with the critics

We disagree with the critics:

  • The best poems of hers that we read did not seem to rely on rhythm…most did not have a steady rhythm or continuous rhyming

  • Although Maya did exhibit some bitterness toward whites, it did not seem “venomous”


Maya angelou a phenomenal woman

“I say It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips The stride of my steps The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally Phenomenal woman That's me.”


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