Alone (Maya Angelou)

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Maya Angelou is a poet and also a Grammy honored author known for her famous novel titled ” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. A book that goes into discussing Angelou’s life from when she was younger up until she was about 17 years old. For those of you who may not already know, Angelou is also a civil rights activist. Maya Angelou became a writer and poet only after failing at a number of other jobs such as, Prostitution, nightclub dancer, and many other jobs. Maya is also known for her poetry. Some of which many people may know already like ” Phenomenal Woman” by the tone of the poem by saying “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”. which to me is basically saying just because she isn’t what most people consider beautiful doesn’t mean she isn’t attractive an unwanted. When she says. ” but when I start to tell them they think I’m telling lies it’s in the reach of my arms the span of my hips”. that alone shows that she doesn’t care what other people think or believe because she can prove them wrong.

Throughout many of Maya Angelou poems. You’ll go on to see that she uses a lot of imagery and metaphors. Angelou’s poems touches on her life, family, racism. The poem that I chose to discuss by Angelou is a poem called “Alone” which goes on to discuss how nobody should be alone which I feel relates to queer culture and an article by Adrienne Rich Titled Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence. In this article Adrienne discusses how women dreams of being with other women has been crushed due to the fact that a lot feminist haven’t discussed it. But does that mean that women that like woman show be alone or just settle because it isn’t what society perceives as the normal no. I feel as though if your happy then that’s all that matters, because if your living trying to make other people happy an not yourself than you are alone. If your somewhere where you aren’t happy than you are alone. To be alone doesn’t mean to be by yourself. But to me it’s also a feeling that society has made a lot of people feel.