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Phenomenal Woman
BY MAYA ANGELOU
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
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. I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please, And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees. I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them, They say they still can’t see. I say,
It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994)
“Phenomenal Woman” Questions
1. How does the poem challenge societal stereotypes?
2. What issue does the poem address in the first four lines?
3. How are metaphors used in the poem. Be sure to give specific examples.
4. How are body gestures/movements used in the poem?
5. What do you think the theme of the poem is?
“Phenomenal Woman” Discussion
“Phenomenal Woman” Discussion
For this discussion, I am asking that you provide your own response to the poem. I am only asking that you include whether or not you liked the poem as part of your response. Please make sure your response is thoughtful and detailed. Length should be more than 1 or 2 sentences.


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