Instead, the focus was on herself, and she used the autobiographical form to demonstrate how the Civil Rights movement influenced one person involved in it. Map of the cities mentioned during Angelou's European tour with the opera , as depicted in her third autobiography, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. The persona speaks directly in a personal voice first person singular. Such is the pride and self-assurance the poet places on herself.
A regular pattern of sound or rhythm may emerge in free-verse lines, but the poet does not adhere to a metrical plan in their composition. The first stanza includes the physical traits that make her stand out, from her hips to her smile. She finds happiness in her womanhood. She is also more powerful than other women who may disregard her beauty out of jealousy and act petty toward her. She wants the readers to know that it would be a sheer delight to make her an acquaintance.
Instead of writing a long drawn out essay of how a woman should think of herself, she chose a short four-stanza poem that got her point across. Full of beauty and imagery, this poem emb … odies a poetic sentimentof a seeker contemplating their existence within. As Angelou is writing from her personal experience, she is actually describing what it feels like to be a phenomenal black woman. She shot to instant fame with the publication of her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first non-fiction best-seller by an African-American woman. She is almost admitting defeat in this poem and at the end rememb … ering what she had with her brother.
I feel that society today still plays a role in how a men looks at a women. The speaker explains what makes her so irresistible and insatiable by men and she always concludes her explanation with her being simply a woman. This firmness, this confidence makes her a phenomenal woman who refuses to mould herself according to male desire. The verbal violence of the folk tales shared during her luncheon with her German hosts and Israeli friend was as significant to Angelou as physical violence, to the point that she became ill. Angelou was taught an important lesson about combating racism by , who compared it to a mountain in which everyone's efforts was needed to overcome it.
Men leave no stone unturned to unravel her mystery but they fail miserably. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. It is what comes from inside you that attracts other beautiful souls to you. Angelou was twice nominated for a Tony award for acting: once for her Broadway debut in Look Away 1973 , and again for her performance in Roots 1977. · Angelou has won 3 Grammies as well as a number of other honours such as the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000.
She remained suspicious of white liberals, but reported on Dr. The poem seems to have a refrain — four last lines in every stanza are the same. But the African American women do not conform to these standards. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. That is why Ithink she mentions that the human race is suffering and she hearsit moaning from the pain of racism and separation due to otherprejudice.
They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery. It also lies within the stride of her step-the way she carries herself around. I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, When he beats his bars and would be free; It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core, But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings — I know why the caged bird sings. Im Nadia, and I think your analysis was absolutely great! She quips with unflinching self-assurance that she may not be her appealing in the conventional sense. It is in the way she walks, the rhythm of the heels of her shoes clicking against the ground in a fashionable gait. Angelou's autobiographies had the same structure: a historical overview of the places she was living in at the time and how she coped within the context of a larger white society, as well as the ways that her story played out within that context. The hardship and suffering of the African-American community in the Americas in the mid twentieth century finds utterance in her poems and essays.
Angelou presented herself as a role model for African-American women by reconstructing the Black woman's image throughout her autobiographies, and has used her many roles, incarnations, and identities to connect the layers of oppression with her personal history. So all in all I guess you could say this poem is for everyone struggling with his or her image. In the first three stanzas, she describes what other people think about and her reaction towards their viewpoint. In one of the most significant sections of Traveling Shoes, Angelou recounted an encounter with a West African woman who recognized her, on the basis of her appearance, as a member of the group of West Africa. 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. Angelou, especially in her third autobiography, , successfully demonstrated the integrity of the African-American character as she experienced more positive interactions with whites. Similarly, the poet presents the image of a woman according to her perception in with the opinion of the world.
I still maintain the belief that perfect translation does not exist, but I also believe that if the theme and meaning are maintained, the creative liberties which a translator takes in order to make the new version more suited to the language are ways in which new forms of beauty arise which are of equal importance. The speaker reveals that all of her recollections have led up to the present moment when she declares that she can be a phenomenal woman without trying to draw attention to herself or fitting stereotypes. The Heart of a Woman had three primary settings—the , , and —and two secondary ones— and. She also does not find the need to resort to melodramatic antics. Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration. This self-assured attitude and tone of the speaker creates an environment that expresses the theme of women empowerment.
This was also the case for African-American autobiography, which was rooted in and developed out of the. Imagery in a literary text, is an author's use of vivid and descriptive language to add depth to his or her work. It's because she has soo much confidence and she has her head on her shoulders. While women can change the way they look, Angelou insinuates that they will never be able to replicate what she naturally possesses inside herself. The last four lines of the poem form the refrain that has previously occurred in the poem, but in these lines there is a small modification in the words. I believe that the theme of phenomenal woman is how not an average woman is still beautiful because of the way she carries herself. Stanza Three: Men themselves have wondered What they see in me.