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What is a summary of the poem "On Aging" by Maya Angelou?

Maya Angelou's "On Aging" is a validation of living into older age that features a strong and independent tone of confidence. The speaker opens the poem by addressing an unseen "you," likely a...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 11:19 pm UTC

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What is the thesis of "Sister Flowers"? What does Mrs. Flowers represent to Ms. Angelou? What are the "lessons in...

The essay about Mrs. Flowers, called Sister Flowers by her peers, is contained in Maya Angelou's autobiography entitled I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. The thesis or purpose of the essay is...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2017 4:10 am UTC

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Does the author of "Still I Rise" use rhyme, repetition, or meter? 

Yes, Maya Angelou uses rhyme, repetition, and meter, achieving a sort of consistent movement or flow to the poem—it is very rhythmic—giving it a sense of growing urgency and power. For the first...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 11:53 pm UTC

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Is the title "Still I Rise" a metaphor?  If so what does it mean? I am writing about the literary theory of "the...

The title of this poem is, indeed, a metaphor. We do use the phrase "to rise" in a metaphorical context very readily in English, to the extent that we can forget it is not meant literally—we might...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2018 9:47 am UTC

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What is the form of Maya Angelou's poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?"  

Maya Angelou's caged bird and her song is a powerful metaphor for Angelou's own experience as a black woman and artist; she uses this metaphor again as the title for her autobiography, indicating...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018 11:21 am UTC

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What is the setting of "Mrs. Flowers" by Maya Angelou?

The story you're referring to is a part of Maya Angelou's memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This story takes place in the 1930s in a town called Stamps, Arkansas. You may recall from your...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 1:59 am UTC

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How can I analyze the poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou stanza by stanza?

Repetition is a key literary device that lends emphasis to significant themes in a poem. It also provides structure to the overall piece. In Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman, the words 'phenomenal...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016 11:55 pm UTC

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Describe Martin Luther King Junior in three words and use details from Maya Angelou's Encounter with Martin Luther...

Maya Angelou recounts details of her surprise meeting with Martin Luther King Junior in her "Encounter with Martin Luther King Junior." In The Heart of A Woman, Angelou discusses this meeting and...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2014 5:23 pm UTC

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Highlights and summary of "Graduation" by Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou's "Graduation" is often printed as a stand-alone essay, but is also a chapter in the author's first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The piece begins with a description...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020 1:39 pm UTC

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Give a critical analysis of the poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou.

To critically examine Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman," let us first look at the structure. The poem is written in free verse, with an irregular rhyme scheme. It does have a clear rhythmic ebb and...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 5:11 pm UTC

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I would like to analyze the poem "Still I Rise", by Maya Angelou. This is regarding my final year project which is a...

I’m not sure what you mean by “thesis title” because to me they are two different things. The thesis is the main idea of the entire essay where a title is just a creative name that you give your...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2016 12:24 am UTC

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Discuss the impact of Maya Angelou on American society.    

Maya Angelou became a celebrated and influential narrative voice of American civil rights literature. She was one of the first African American women whose personally-focused writing was...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 6:11 am UTC

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What is the thesis of the essay "Sister Flowers"? What does Mrs. Flowers represent to Ms. Angelou? What are the...

1. The premise in this essay concerns the value of using one's potential to achieve even more than one believes one is able to. It is evident from Mrs. Flowers's interaction with Marguerite (the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2017 8:42 am UTC

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What are examples of imagery in the poem "Equality" by Maya Angelou?

There are several examples of continued imagery which lend vividness to this poem by Maya Angelou. In the first instance, we find imagery related to soldiering, which recurs throughout. Early in...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2018 4:07 pm UTC

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Literary device of "Still I rise"

There are many literary devices in Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise." First, she uses many similes to compare two unrelated things using "like" or "as." For example, in the first stanza, she says...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2017 8:06 pm UTC

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How does Maya Angelou represent the quality of resilience in her poem ''Still I Rise''?

Resilience is the quality of withstanding hardship and bouncing back. In “Still I Rise,” Angelou’s speaker compares herself to various elements of nature with similes. A simile is "a figure of...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2012 8:21 pm UTC

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Please explain all the stanzas of "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou.

The stanzas are homogenous in structure. Each has four or five rhyming lines, then the line "I say," then a few lines of rhyming imagery describing the speaker physically, then a refrain: I’m a...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 6:49 pm UTC

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What is concept of  Woman work By Maya Angelou and can this poem tie into education?

The primary concept of “Woman Work” is the idea of that the social and cultural responsibilities of being a woman might have to be balanced with the construction of space that could be a “room of...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2010 7:31 am UTC

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A visual representation of "Africa" by Maya Angelou I am just searching for ideas on ways to visually represent the...

Since you are focusing on visuals, I suggest you have someone read the poem aloud while you doodle with colored pencils, markers, or crayons (or a computer paint program). It is kind of like a...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2012 5:12 pm UTC

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Is there any psychoanalytic approach in Maya Angelou's "Woman Work"?

We might approach Maya Angelou's poem "Woman Work" from a Jungian psychoanalytic point of view or from a Freudian psychoanalytic critical perspective. Using the Jungian inflection of...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2015 4:36 pm UTC

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How is Maya Angelou's poem, "Phenomenal Woman" a source of inspiration to all women?   

This poem is a source of inspiration to all women because it creates an inclusive vision of womanhood. This is shown clearly in the first stanza when the speaker states that she does not adhere to...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2016 12:06 pm UTC

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What type of poem is Maya Angelou's "We Had Him?"  What are its themes?

Angelou's poem seeks to honor Jackson. It is the kind of poem that seeks to recognize the memory of one who has passed. The poem does not employ a particular rhyme scheme or deliberate meter. In...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2014 12:05 pm UTC

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What is a detailed summary of the poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou?

From the outset it is pertinently clear that the speaker in the poem has an overwhelming pride in who she is and what she represents. She is no ordinary woman who subscribes to a stereotype. She is...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2016 3:13 pm UTC

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Explain the meaning of the quote "Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage you can't...

The student need [subjunctive mood form] only turn to literature for examples of how courage fortifies one's life, and how without it, a person is spiritually weakened. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2013 10:48 am UTC

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Question about Maya Angelou please help why do you think it matters to Angelou that she "had proved that one of...

Angelou is referring to her African ancestry. By returning to Africa for a visit, she could both acknowledge her roots and, at the same time, celebrate how far she had come - from slavery to...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2010 1:36 am UTC

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How does the narrator describe herself as phenomenal in Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman"?

As explanation for men's attraction to her, Maya Angelou's speaker describes the movements of her individual features and the poetry of her motions. These, she declares, are the reasons for her...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2016 11:04 pm UTC

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What is the caged bird fearful of?

Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird” is poem about the effects of slavery that echoes a famous poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar called “Sympathy.” Both poems juxtapose images of two birds, one free and one...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017 4:45 pm UTC

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Does the poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" conveys a social theme?

The theme of racism that the previous educator describes is further exemplified in the different perspectives of the caged bird and the free bird. In the fourth stanza the attitude of the free bird...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 5:42 pm UTC

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Can someone help me out interpreting/summerizing this stanza from Angelou's...

The excerpt in question comes from Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth". The poem, as a whole, discusses the world as a chaotic and startling place where we, as people, must learn to deal...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011 9:36 am UTC

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In the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou, what poetic device, besides metaphors, is significant? 

In addition to the descriptive similes and metaphors Angelou uses, she also incorporates the use of repetition, questioning, assonance, and alliteration to emphasize the ideas and themes of the...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2016 12:13 am UTC

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Maya Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise" analysis.

What exactly are you looking for? An analysis of the meaning of the poem? Do you need to point out poetic devices? The meaning: "Does my sassiness offend you?" "Does my hautiness offend you?" "Does...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010 12:00 am UTC

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How does Maya Angelou's poem, Still I Rise, illustrate or express some form of double vision or two different ways of...

The conditions present in "Still I Rise" help to construct two different visions of reality that coexist in the mind of the speaker, presumably Angelou. On one hand, there is intensity of rage...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011 4:39 pm UTC

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How is the poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou a source of inspiration to women?

First, while this is a poem that some women may find inspiring, others may not. The poem received a substantial amount of publicity from Oprah Winfrey, a popular television personality, whose work...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2016 2:20 pm UTC

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Can you give me a brief summary of any book written by Maya Angelou?

What a phenomenal women Dr. Maya Angelou is. One of her most popular books, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is about the first seventeen years of her life. It focuses on her upbringing in the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2010 1:21 pm UTC

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What is the mother-daughter relationship between Maya Angelou and her mother?

The relationship between Maya Angelou and her mother could be described as troubled, sporadic, or disconnected. Her early, formative years were certainly impacted by the experiences Angelou had,...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2012 6:36 pm UTC

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I'm trying to find criticism of Maya Angelou's poem Life Doesn't Frighten Me.  

As with many poets, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me should be analyzed within the context of the author’s life. In the case of Maya Angelou, that life, recently ended in May 2014, was one of enormous...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2015 4:48 pm UTC

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Can you summarize the poem, "The Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou?  

Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman" describes a woman who has a certain je ne sais quoi. This is a French expression used to convey a quality that one senses about another without being able to...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2016 7:37 pm UTC

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I would like a detailed summary of the poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou.   

"The Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou is a poem written in free verse. The poem consists of five stanzas, with the first, second, fourth, and fifth ranging from 12 to 16 lines in length and the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2016 12:18 pm UTC

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How can I write an essay on Maya Angelou in MLA format?

Maya Angelou was a very prolific writer who also did many things outside of literature. She started her public career as a dancer, then became a Calypso singer. She acted on stage, notably in Jean...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017 2:55 pm UTC

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In the poem "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou and "Como Tú / Like You / Like Me" by Richard Blanco, explain how each poem...

Richard Blanco's poem "Como Tú / Like You / Like Me" is addressed to all the immigrants in the United States of America. It explores the pains and challenges of living in a country that often seems...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2020 4:17 am UTC

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From the poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou, please explain the stanza beginning with, "Now you understand /...

The final stanza in Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" wraps up the poem's assertions about the speaker's status as a woman who exudes power and attracts men without artifice. When Angelou...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2016 9:56 am UTC

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How does Angelou capture triumph in "Still I Rise?"

The confidence that the speaker asserts in the face of adversity communicates triumph in "Still I Rise." The speaker in "Still I Rise" refuses to acquiesce to anything that tries to keep her...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 4:00 pm UTC

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What role does grammar play in Sister Flowers This is just a brief understanding of the poem

Don't you mean the short story, by Maya Angelou? In this story, Marguerite (Maya) is embarassed because her Momma talkes to a refined black woman named Sister Flowers with incorrect grammar. For...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2010 5:15 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the poems "Old Folks Laugh" and "On Aging" by Maya Angelou.

These two poems by the poet Maya Angelou show the brighter and hopeful side of aging, but she doesn't sugar-coat it. Old folks, she seems to say, are people too. They ache more than the young, but...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 8:25 am UTC

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From the poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou, please explain the stanzas beginning "I walk into a room" and...

In the second stanza and the two-line third stanza, the speaker explains how she is a "phenomenal woman." These stanzas are a response to the wonder in the minds of women who wish to know "where...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2016 3:42 pm UTC

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How do Maya Angelou's works I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Mom & Me & Mom reflect the movement with...

Angelou is known for merging genres. In both I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou combines autobiography and the historical context of different conditions of...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2015 6:41 pm UTC

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How can the Maya Angelou make a difference through her poem of 'Equality'?

In "Equality," the poet Maya Angelou describes her experiences as a Black woman and expresses a desire for equality and freedom to an intentionally indifferent audience. Angelou addresses the poem...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 11:14 pm UTC

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How are Langston Hughes and August Wilson similar or different writers?

Poet Langston Hughes (1907–1967) and playwright August Wilson (1945–2005) created works that document and reflect the African American experience and struggle for equality in the twentieth century....

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020 7:27 pm UTC

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Analyze the poem "Equality" by Maya Angelou according to its imagery and sound effects.

Maya Angelou's poem "Equality" is narrated by a personification of equality. Equality says to the reader, "confess you've heard me crying," which implies that there is a lot of prejudice and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 2:35 pm UTC

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How would you describe the speaker's tone at the beginning of "Grandmother's Victory" by Maya Angelou?

The speaker begins this story by recalling two of the rather archaic "commandments" issued to her, during her childhood, by her grandmother. Her tone in describing this experience is slightly...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 10:20 am UTC

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