Inspiration Essay

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“Phenomenal Woman” written by Maya Angelou is a poem that every woman can relate to. Angelou explains how she is a confident woman throughout each stanza. Harold Bloom states that “In this Hymn-like poem to women’s beauty, the self-confident speaker reveals her attributes as a phenomenal woman”. Angelou tries to show her confidence in every line of the poem and then states what parts of her body actually shows that confidence and inner strength. Vitality Kotyakov said that “Modern society highly values women’s beauty”(Analysis of Phenomenal Women By Maya Angelou). Women now put them selves down because they do not think about their inner beauty they only listen to what other people may say ...view middle of the document...

“Attractive personality is much more powerful then attractive genetics or any ability to fill in an impossible role”(Kotyakov). Having a better personality will get a person a lot farther in life than just being pretty and skinny. “Angelou saw at first hand the indignities that black residents suffered as a result of the prejudices of the white community in Stamps” (Maya Angelou By: Williamson). Having to witness something as horrible as this it would naturally tear any black woman down. The symbolism in the poem is so outstanding that every woman can strive to believe they are also phenomenal, it can also help women show their inner strength through having confidence in themselves.

The tone in this poem is so deeply written with compassion that it is easily understandable. Kotyakoy says “they seem not to know what it means to be unique, but regard the highest aim as the standard society sets for beauty.” Pressure is put on women so much to be beautiful that they will do whatever can be done to look like models. Maya Angelou just explains through the tone of the poem how to still be proud of the way you look, and have confidence in your self. When she says at the end of each stanza “Phenomenally, Phenomenal women, That’s me”(11-13). This statement just shows her confidence in herself and how proud she is of being a woman. Phenomenal just means extraordinary and Angelou shows how she is different from other women but yet the same in many ways. And, how no matter what someone may think of her or how she looks she is still proud and will hold her head up because she knows she is phenomenal. She says “Men themselves have wondered, What they see in me. They try so much, But they can’t touch, My inner mystery”(30-34). This shows her confidence and shows how she knows that no one can understand her that the men know there is something special about her but they can not figure out what it may be. Because, the tone is so strong the reader is able to feel the pain that Angelou has but, also see her inner strength and the confidence that she holds within her self.

The way Maya Angelou wrote the poem it makes it very easy to see the imagery in each stanza. Angelou says “it’s the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth, the swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet”(22-25). In this quote you can picture a women walking in to a room with her head held high and being proud of whom she is, in the way that Maya describes her self. The reader is able to picture Angelous inner strength because of how she words everything. “I...

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