Steph Gorman, Kara Larkin, and Anne Laurita. Maya Angelou A Phenomenal Woman. Maya Angelou: Style. irregular stanza structure choppy and run-on sentences alternates between stating, questioning and describing
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Southern Christian Leadership Conference
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
-Maya Angelou, 1969
(the first part of her autobiography)
My crime is "heroes, dead and gone,“
dead Vesey, Turner, Gabriel,
dead Malcolm, Marcus, Martin King.
The variety of our skin tonescan confuse, bemuse, delight,brown and pink and beige and purple,tan and blue and white.
His tune is heardon the distant hillfor the caged birdsings of freedom.
-I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“strong note of self-affirmation”
“at times to chatty and anecdotal”
-Janet Boyarin Blundell
“model of conduct for people”
-Adam David Miller
“portrays the strong Black American woman”
“relies often on rhythm for success”
“venomous hostility to one and all of the white race”
“musical, rhythmical, enchanting”
-Mary Silva Cosgrave
-R. B. Stepto
“I say SourcesIt'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.”