Sunday, 6 January 2013

Poetry Reads: Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (b.1928)

To me Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou is to verse what Beautiful Girl by INXS is to melody. While Beautiful Girl is all about the gamut of insecurity and angst that girls face during adolescence, bulimia and anorexia, Phenomenal Woman is about quashing all of it. Beneath the veneer of timidity and self-doubt faced by most girls during adolescence (as Beautiful Girl summarizes), Angelou speaks of standing tall and taking pride in one’s body, gait and presence. It is a celebration of being the remarkable one and a reaffirmation of taking pride in being a woman. It serves as a rite of passage in the mind of a woman in discovering who she really is.

This poem encapsulates the elements of feisty, feminine, intelligence and coming-of-age.

(Article by Kabita Sonowal) 

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