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Maya Angelou: The Strength of the Human Spirit - In Maya Angelou’s third book of poetry And Still I Rise, the personal struggles of the African American Woman are brought to life through poetic works. With inspirations drawn from personal journeys of Maya Angelou herself, powerful poems praise, celebrate, and empathize with the feminine colored experience. Angelou’s writing sheds glaring light on themes of feminine power, beauty, and perseverance, raising the African American Woman to a pedestal that demands respect and adoration. For Angelou’s audience, the everyday woman is presented equipped with all the necessities to thrive and shine in the face of adversity....   [tags: Maya Angelou]
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Maya Angelou Inspires Confidence in Women - Maya Angelou is not just known for being a poet, novelist, educator, producer, actor, musician, and civil right activist, but also as one of the most renowned and influential voices. Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Stamps, Arkansas. As a child, she had a passion for art. She attended public school in Arkansas and California, and won a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor school. At the age of fourteen, Dr....   [tags: Maya Angelou, poetry, women, feminism, ] 538 words
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Poetry Analysis of Maya Angelou's Caged Bird - Poetry Analysis of Maya Angelou's Caged Bird ‘Caged Bird’ is a poem written by Maya Angelou which considers the conditions of the ‘free bird’ and the ‘caged bird’. Actually this contrast between the birds enables her to express her own emotions about freedom and isolation. The poem is quite symbolic so there are various hidden messages she tries to convey about her feelings mostly indirectly. In the first stanza Maya Angelou breathes life into her description of the ‘free bird’ by using verbs like ‘leaps’, ‘floats’, ‘dips’....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Maya Angelou] 479 words
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Maya Angelou: Life and Poetry’s Fines - “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope” (Brainyquote.com). That uncomplicated line was poet Maya Angelou’s enduring adage throughout the whole of her adult life. Angelou felt that love was among the many skills she possessed, believing to have a predisposition to love all people, and to inspire them to love as well. Maya Angelou’s love for mankind truly shows through her work of poetry as she jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to reach the ultimate destination of becoming an awe-inspiring human being....   [tags: maya angelou, love, female director]
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Emancipation of a Woman in "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou - Any girl could say she is a woman. It takes a strong woman to be a phenomenal woman. A phenomenal woman does not rely on others for financial, mental and social needs. A woman like this takes pride in her-self and doesn’t let anyone put her down. Throughout the times a woman strives for her independence to become her own individual in life. Phenomenal Woman, written by Maya Angelou, is a poem which is an anthem for all women’s strength in their own womanhood. (Angelou 1) The poem speaks out to us women as far as of where we are in society....   [tags: feminism, Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou, ] 565 words
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Maya Angelou: A Source of Humanity - Maya Angelou: A Source of Humanity "I am human," Angelou said, "and nothing human can be alien to me" (Shafer). Maya Angelou just may be the most "human" person in the world. Indeed, with all of the struggles she went through in her early life, her humanness increasingly deepened. Her life was characterized by the instability of her childhood and her family, along with the challenge of being a black woman growing up in 19th century America. The deepness of her humanness is evident in all of her writings, from her autobiographies to her poetry....   [tags: Writer Maya Angelou Essays]
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Identity in Maya Angelou's Graduation -       The inquiry of identity is both a philosophical and a psychological question. Identity is not only comprised of the characteristics that make individuals unique, but also includes external perceptions that classify groups of people together. It gives individuals a unique sense of self, and also lends itself to the application of labels and stereotypes. I believe identity is an integral part of human existence. It creates societies and distinguishes culture. It gives individuals a sense of community and self-worth....   [tags: Maya Angelou The Graduation] 1173 words
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Two Pesentations of Love in Maya Angelou's Poems: ‘A Kind of Love, Some Say’ and ‘Where We Belong, A Duet’ - These poems written by Maya Angelou both portray love in a very different way. The detrimental effects of love are shown in ‘A Kind of Love, Some Say’ and the empowering effects of love are shown in ‘Where We Belong, A Duet’. ‘A Kind of Love, Some Say’ shows that Love and relationships is what causes the struggle for identity as in the other poem being in love and in a relationship allows the persona to find their true identity. The poem ‘A kind of love some say’ is one of Maya's more emotional poems....   [tags: Maya Angelou, Poetry] 1006 words
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Symbolism and Allusion in Maya Angelou's My Arkansas - Symbolism and Allusion in Maya Angelou's "My Arkansas" "There is a deep brooding/ in Arkansas." Arkansas is stuck in the past, its memories of hatred and crime from ante-bellum days hindering the progression towards Civil Rights. Maya Angelou's poem of the struggle to a new wave of equality uses both general symbolism and historical allusion to make its theme clear to the reader. The poem uses general symbolism in nature, in time, and historical allusion to make the theme clear in a concise but vibrant poem....   [tags: Maya Angelou My Arkansas] 808 words
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Maya Angelou - This piece of autobiographical works is one of the greatest pieces of literature and will continue to inspire young and old black Americans to this day be cause of her hard and racially tense background is what produced an eloquent piece of work that feels at times more fiction than non fiction In 1970, a child with skinny legs and muddy skin was introduced into African American literature. Born marguerite Johnson she became known as Maya Angelou (Lupton 51). Her critically acclaimed works have changed the way of the African American autobiography is written....   [tags: Biography Maya Angelou] 955 words
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A Comparison of ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou and ‘No Problem’ by Benjamin Zephaniah - Maya Angelou is a internationally respected, brilliant poet, and author. Maya Angelou says "In all my work I try to tell the human truth, what it is like to be human, what makes us stumble and somehow miraculously rise and go on from the darkness and into the light”. This theme is consistently exemplified throughout Angelou's greatly acclaimed poem ‘Still I rise’. The poem shows us the true life story of Maya Angelou's tragedies, and their dreadful conditions she had encountered in her youth. But in Angelou's poem, she escapes the night to go into the light, leaving all the hurt and shame to prosper in a new life she has created....   [tags: Still I Rise, Maya Angelou, No Problem, Benjamin Z] 853 words
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Rising Up in Still I Rise by Maya Angelou - Rising Up in Still I Rise by Maya Angelou ?Still I Rise. by Maya Angelou is directed towards blacks on how to be proud of their ancestry, themselves, and their overall appearance. The poem is a special and motivating poem that African-Americans (and other races for that matter) should read and take to heart. According to African-Americans, Maya Angelou states that no matter what white Americans (slave owners) say or do to African-Americans (slaves) they can still rise up to make a better life for themselves and their race as a whole....   [tags: Papers Rising Up Maya Angelou] 634 words
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Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou A poet, an author, a play-write, an actress, a mother, a civil-rights activists, historian and most important a survivor. Perhaps Maya Angelou, award winning author of many books, is one of the most influential African Americans in American history. I believe that she rates at the top of the list of American authors, with Hemingway, Hawthorne, and Voight. I believe through my research and reading of Maya Angelou that she should be among the members of The American Authors Hall of Fame....   [tags: Poet biography bios Maya Angelou Essays]
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Maya Angelou - Distress in Maya Angelou's Life Marguerite Ann Johnson, commonly known as Maya Angelou, was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a famous African-American poet, novelist, and playwright and also worked during the civil rights: "Angelou is a very remarkable Renaissance woman who hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature" (www.mayaangelou.com). She is also an activist in civil-rights. Angelou went through many controversies during her childhood and adulthood; her romantic life was never joyful and there are questions that come consecutively in my mind: how does Angelou's "Artful Pose" demonstrates the attitude toward writing of her poetry....   [tags: Maya Angelou Biography Poet African American] 1173 words
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Maya Angelou: An Example of Perseverance - Maya Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, dropped out of high school, was a teenage mom, and constantly dealt with racism. Who would have thought that someone who had gone through so much would someday be such a confident, inspirational woman. Maya Angelou’s confidence in herself and the African American race that she demonstrates in her poetry gives others courage to speak for themselves. Three poems by Angelou that display her confidence are “Still I Rise,” “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” and “Phenomenal Woman.” While each poem is written differently, they all express confidence and the idea of having the courage to stand up for oneself....   [tags: Poetry, African American, Author]
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The Life and Accomplishments of Maya Angelou - The Life and Accomplishments of Maya Angelou Maya Angelou has inspired me in more ways than one, and I had to write about her. When Maya speaks people listen. She has this wisdom that only few have, especially when life wasn’t always great. She turned tragedy into triumph, and helped others in doing so. So, Maya has proven too many women, especially black women that you succeed, even if you have had a child in your teen years. She’s proof that with determination nothing is unattainable. I chose to write the paper as a timeline of Maya Angelou’s life....   [tags: Biography ]
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The Struggles in Maya Angelou's Life - The early 1930’s a time where segregation was still an issue in the United States it was especially hard for a young African American girl who is trying to grow and become an independent woman. At this time, many young girls like Maya Angelou grew up wishing they were a white woman with blond hair and blue eyes. That was just the start of Angelou's problems though. In the autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou goes into great depth about her tragic childhood, from moving around to different houses, and running away and having a child at the age of 16....   [tags: biography, divorce, african american girl]
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On the Pulse of Morning, by Maya Angelou - Hillary R. Clinton once said that “There cannot be true democracy unless Women’s voices are heard” (conference in Vienna, Austria 1997). That very brilliant quote relates to a very strong woman by the name of Maya Angelou. Angelou is “America’s most visible black female autobiographer and speakers” (scholar Joanne M. Braxton). She is known for her speeches, poems, and books, but what stood out to me the most was her 1993 inauguration speech when Bill Clinton was sworn into the White House....   [tags: Metaphor Analysis, Acclaim]
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Biography of Dr. Maya Angelou - ... A single mother, who left home in her late teens, supported her son by working as a waitress and a cook but not once did she disregard her passion for dance, music, performance and poetry. In 1952, Angelou married Greek sailor, Anastasios Angelopulos. When she started her career as a nightclub singer, she named herself Maya Angelou, “Maya” was the name her brother Bailey gave her after reading a book about the Maya Indians, and “Angelou”, was a form of her husband’s name. Despite the failure of her marriage, her performing career, on the contrary, thrived....   [tags: racial discrimination, civil rights activist] 823 words
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Maya Angelou and Alice Walker - Two well regarded and recognized poets, Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, wrote lots of different renowned poetry that is appreciated for its beauty and its truth. Both poets are African American woman, although in different times, many of their words rang true to one other. Their work can be compared and contrasted by understanding the poems as two separate pieces of work, and then looking at how each are similar and different in their own respects. Alice Walker grew up the youngest of eight children....   [tags: Phenomenal Women]
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The Writing's of Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou is an author and poet who has risen to fame for her emotionally filled novels and her deep, heartfelt poetry. Her novels mainly focus on her life and humanity with special emphasis on her ideas of what it means to live. The way she utilizes many different styles to grab and keep readers’ attention through something as simple as an autobiography is astounding. This command of the English language and the grace with which she writes allows for a pleasant reading experience. Her style is especially prominent in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", where the early events of Angelou’s life are vividly described to the reader in the postmodern literary fashion....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Maya Angelou's Graduation into Maturity - In her first autobiography, Maya Angelou tells about her childhood through her graduation through, “Graduation”, from “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” when she is about to graduate. She starts as an excited graduate because she was finally going to receive her diploma, a reward for all her academic accomplishments. On the day of her graduation finally comes, that happiness turns into doubt about her future as she believes that black people will be nothing more than potential athletes or servants to white people....   [tags: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings]
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Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou - “I'm a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me” (lines 10-13). These are a couple of lines from Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou, which describes the black woman as a “phenomenal” being. These very words fuel the outlook of an average African-American woman in today’s society. Many people argue the outlook of women has not changed and that they are still portrayed as negative beings. However, African-American women in today’s society have had a very strong and powerful affect. They are phenomenal beings that through a history of trials and tribulations have come a long way in the face of adversity....   [tags: positive roles, black women] 1102 words
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Maya Angelou: Speak Up - ... These two events could have had a permanent negative impact on Angelou, yet she took them and grew from them instead. Maya Angelou overcame her hardships to thrive, and as a result, she was able to share thoughts and emotions through her poetry that others may also experience, but do not express. One of the first poems that demonstrates Angelou’s ability to speak for the disenfranchised in a bold way is the poem “Still I Rise.” The poem could be an anthem against slavery, or it could simply be an anthem for any person who feels as though he or she is being oppressed....   [tags: Afro-American writers, rape victims]
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Biography of Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou is a phenomenal poet of the 21st century whose words have impacted many individuals. Angelou’s personal past experiences have allowed her to feel pain and have given her the ability to connect with those who have hardship in their lives. Her main audience is african american women however, anyone can find inspiration within her words. Her style allows for people of all ages to connect with her and her poetry. Maya’s passion for writing is tangible as well has her experience as a writer....   [tags: racial discrimination, mental pains]
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Biography of Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou, more formally known as Marguerite Ann Johnson was born on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the child of Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson. When Maya was three years old, her parents got divorced. After they divorced, she and her older brother, Bailey Jr., were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. They were not sent in a normal fashion, however. Angelou and her brother were placed on a train by themselves by their father. Their father then put a tag on each of them that said “To Whom It May Concern, send these two to Stamps, Arkansas.” With only each other for support, Angelou and her brother made their way to Stamps....   [tags: racism, stamps, grandmother, writer] 1155 words
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Maya Angelou - The book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the 1969 autobiography about the early years of writer and poet Maya Angelou. It is the first of six volumes about Maya’s life and the hardships she faced growing up and even in adulthood. This book covers the years from the early 1930's, up until about 1970. Out of the six, it is probably the most popular and critically acclaimed volume, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of personality and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma....   [tags: Biography]
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Maya Angelou Analysis - Maya Angelou Maya Angelou is considered by many to be the foremost poet of her age. While the themes of her literature are largely connected, her delivery is varied. In her poetry, she has used wit, sarcasm, imagery, and diverse rhythm. Angelou has used these techniques and the recognition it has provided for her, to fight for the civil rights of African Americans and women. After examining the life of Maya Angelou, it is easy to see that much of her work focuses on the significance and discrimination of African Americans and women....   [tags: literature, biography, prejudice]
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Finding A Voice Through Maya Angelou - Finding a Voice Through Maya Angelou Maya Angelou’s parent’s were divorced when she was three years old, resulting in her being relocated between family members several times. In addition to that hardship, when Angelou was only eight years old, she was left alone with her mother’s boyfriend and he raped her. Because of this experience, she chose not to speak for five years. Maya Angelou later began to speak and show her true self through poetry. Poetry is what ultimately helped her to begin physically speaking again....   [tags: Biography, Poetic Analysis, Historical Figure]
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The Interpretation of None the Other, Maya Angelou - A poem can capture the mind, soul, and the bare heart, but, how can one’s interpretation of a poem alter the true value of the poem itself. The answer to this question may vary, depending on one’s interpretation. Then again, that response can be used to answer every question this world holds. Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist....   [tags: Poetry]
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Maya Angelou's Life - Maya Angelou's life growing up was not always perfect. Given the birth name of Marguerite Ann Johnson, Maya Angelou was borin in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4th, 1928. Although she was born there, she spent most of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas with her Grandmother, Annie Henderson and in San Fransico, California with her mother. Maya Angelou is still living today and teaches at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Maya had to deal with many hard things growing up and although it wasn't perfect, she's lead a very eventful life....   [tags: Biography] 1050 words
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Maya Angelou's Poems - ... When there is a will, there is a way and Angelou always made a way to get back on her feet and keep it moving. Mayo Angelou explains the reality between struggles and the beauty of overcoming them in her poem called “Woman Work”. This poem is about a mother, preferably, a single mother that has children that she takes care of. The poem starts off by saying, “I’ve got children to tend / The clothes to mend / The floor to mop / The food to shop / Then the chicken to fry / The baby to dry / I got company to feed / The garden to weed / I’ve got shirts to press / The tots to dress / The can to be cut / I gotta clean up this hut / Then see about the sick and the cotton to pick” (1-14)....   [tags: notorious African American authors]
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Maya Angelou’s Biography - Maya Angelou’s Biography A long time ago I believe it was on April 4, 1928 when my best friend Maya was born. Maya and I lived in the town of Stamps, Arkansas with her grandmother due to the divorce of her parents. During these awful years at the age of 7 Maya went to visit her grandmother when she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. After this due to the hatred her uncle killed her mother’s boyfriend. She became so traumatized by all of this that she even stopped talking. During this time Maya and I became great friends for you see Maya loved to write and well I was her tool the one object that made her happy as you may already know I am a pencil her best friend....   [tags: arkansas, poetry, analysis] 2089 words
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The Million Man March by Maya Angelou - ... This proves that the people were deprived of freedom, but they were also treated like dirt and were shamed.As quoted from the poem Million Man March by Maya Angelou “But unfortunately throughout history you’ve worn the badge of shame.” (lines 10-11) imagery had been used very powerfully and was directed right at the listener. “Badge of shame” and “through out history” is used to show that for a long time people have been shamed and bullied. This is also a way of saying that enough is enough, that the people have been deprived of any privileges and for too long this has been going on....   [tags: darked skinned people, make a change]
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Maya Angelou's Great Influence and Success - ... Angelou moved to Egypt serving as a writer’s editor for the English Language weekly The Arab Observer. Still in Africa she traveled from Egypt to Ghana where Dr. Angelou taught at a University of Music and Dance, while she still wrote for The African Review and The Ghanaian Times. As Dr. Angelou went from country to country she learned languages such as English, Arabic, Italian, French, Spanish, and Fanti. In Ghana she meets Malcolm X which she help contribute to build the Organization of African American Unity, later moving back to the United States....   [tags: discrimination, education, awards] 667 words
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Momma, the Dentist, and Me by Maya Angelou - In her essay, “Momma, the Dentist, and me” Maya Angelou describe her insight in remembering an incident of racism. The incident refer to a time when a white dentist named Lincoln did not treat her tooth ace just for being colored “Niggah.” In America no one should be allowed to be a form of prisoner, because of their native skin color. Americans should be held accountable for their actions whenever a color person are in need of help their social life. There should be laws ordinances to prohibit persons from confronting -either verbally or physically -color people for not being a Caucasian person....   [tags: racism, prejudice]
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Maya Angelou's Still I Rise - This seminar paper will look at a poem written by Maya Angelou, Still I rise, 1978. An analysis of this poem will be provided, exploring the meaning of the poem and the language used to present a certain image to the audience. “Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture”(www.mayaangelou.com, 2014). This poem is Maya Angelou speaking to the audience as she explains the problems she has overcome such as; racism, sexism, bullying and other problems in her life that she has managed to move on from.This poem is set in a first person narrative, Angelou explains...   [tags: poetry analysis]
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Life Lessons in Maya Angelou's Graduation - Life Lessons in Maya Angelou's Graduation Throughout life we go through many stepping stones, Maya Angelou's autobiographical essay "Graduation", was about more than just moving on to another grade. The unexpected events that occurred during the ceremony enabled her to graduate from the views of a child to the more experienced and sometimes disenchanting views of an adult. Upon reading the story there is an initial feeling of excitement and hope which was quickly tarnished with the abrupt awareness of human prejudices....   [tags: American Literature Angelou Graudation Essays]
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The Phenomenal Angelou - God made Eve from the rib of man as a reminder to show woman is there to be equal and assist man. As society advanced and man became dominant, women took the backseat and catered to every whim without proper acknowledgement. During the Fifties, civil rights was hot topic. To the fluctuating world, seeing blacks, who were once slaves, as equals was an atrocity. The skin color of black was a stain on your character. Especially to add being women of colored skin made life unbearable. Their own husbands, society, ignored black women and fellow women like them but differ only by skin color....   [tags: Maya Angelou, writer, african american]
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Maya Angelou´s Bold Poetry - A tragic event took place in the life of Maya Angelou. She was a small child, only 7 years old. That would mean that she was only the age of a average 1st grader. She was sexually assaulted and raped by her mother’s boyfriend at the time. Maya was not allowed to see her mother very often and it is horrible that this had to happen at one of the only times she should have been so happy and enjoying herself. Maya lived very far away from her mother and usually was at her grandmother’s. These visits were few and far between to say the least....   [tags: biography, racial prejudices and discrimination ]
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Maya Angelou’s Unique Self - All of childhood’s unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places, and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood (Angelou, 2009, p.20). In Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, she recounts her early years as a young girl growing up in Stamps, Arkansas who faces displacement, trauma, and prejudice....   [tags: Biography ]
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Language Representing the Bird in Angelou's Poem Caged Bird - In the thought provoking masterpiece "Caged bird "the poet, Maya Angelou, through the contrast of the birds, illustrates oppression and fear of freedom of these who cannot be free. This is supported by the bright descriptions of the carefree bird. Angelou uses powerful verbs to reflect the difference between the two birds. The free creature "leaps", "floats" "dips", "claims" and "dares". The active tense of these words helps to show the full effect of the freedom the outgoing animal has. The caged bird however, can only "stalk", "shout" and "long"....   [tags: Maya Angelou] 658 words
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On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou - “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou "On the Pulse of Morning," is a poem written by Maya Angelou. In this poem, Angelou depicts personification. Personification is an element of literature in which an object or an animal is given human characteristics. Angelou uses personification to give the rock, the river, and the tree the ability to speak to the reader. In "On the Pulse of Morning", Angelou writes " But today, the rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully, Come, you may stand upon my back and face your distant destiny, but seek no haven in my shadow." In this, personification is given to the rock, implying that it can "cry out"....   [tags: Poetry Analysis] 452 words
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Maya Angelou as a Caged Bird - Maya Angelou as a Caged Bird   The graduation scene from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings illustrates how, living in the midst of racism and unequal access to opportunity, Maya Angelou was able to surmount the obstacles that stood in her way of intellectual develop and find "higher ground."  One of the largest factors responsible for Angelou's academic success was her dedication to and capacity for hard work, "My work alone has awarded me a top place...No absences, no tardinesses, and my academic work was among the best of the year" (Angelou  13-14).  Angelou worked hard and read a great deal in order to be able to perform on such a level, in spite of the fact that she had much less access...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Maya Angelou: Hope into Art - Maya Angelou: Hope into Art       Before delving into a discussion of celebrated writer Maya Angelou, a fuller understanding of the worldview that shapes her work can be gleaned from a brief review of a few lines from the 1962 Nobel Prize winning speech of another celebrated writer, John Steinbeck:   The writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit--for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and of emulation....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Maya Angelou and M.F.K. Fisher - When reading two passages, one by M.F.K. Fisher on the French port of Marseilles and the other by Maya Angelou on the small town of Stamps, I noticed that the passages had some similarities but where entirely different in their effect and the handling of language resources. While Angelou and Fisher organized and constructed their passages similarly, the persona and rhetoric of the authors are opposite. Angelou and Fisher’s styles differ greatly, however, they both used very similar plot structure in which they introduced the common stereotypes of the places they were speaking of, and they shot it down with reality....   [tags: essays research papers] 314 words
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Maya Angelou Is an Example for Every Race and Gender - She is an accomplished poet, performer, actress, director, teacher, and journalist. She has read two inaugural poems and is a three time grammy award winner. She suffered through trials and tribulations, yet has come out on top as a strong, black woman. She is Maya Angelou and her impact on the world impact on the world today sets an example for every race and gender. Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, was born on April 4th, 1928. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she was raised there for a short portion of time, then later moved to Stamps, Arkansas....   [tags: african american, post-modernist, philosophy] 688 words
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Grandmother's Victory by Maya Angelou - Grandmother's Victory by Maya Angelou Grandmother's Victory was written by Maya Angelou. This story was about Maya Angelou as a young girl who lived in the state of Arkansas with her grandmother, whom she called "Mama", in the 1940's. Maya's grandmother was a very clean God fearing woman. She taught her grandchildren to be clean, religious, respectful, and God fearing also. In the 1940's there was segregation between blacks and whites. So therefore, there was a lot of racial tension....   [tags: Papers] 751 words
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Maya Angelou: A Model Woman Through Influential Literature - There are many women of today that have become a model for society. In order to have the reputation of the model woman, there is a need for accomplishment in life in addition to being a positive influence on society itself. Maya Angelou is a great example of the model woman. She has beaten the odds and has become one of the most well known African American women of today. She is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist....   [tags: Biography]
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Woman Work by Maya Angelou - Since the dawn of time, human beings have been in a constant struggle to survive. Whether you are a man or women, black or white, rich or poor, the hardships of life have seemed to bind us together in a very cruel world. Many poets write about poverty, envy, and the outcome of war which are just a few of the many battles people fight everyday. Poems such as “Women Work”, “Richard Corey”, and “The Sad Children’s Story” define the different meanings of life. “Women Work,” a poem by Maya Angelou, is the story of the monotony of a poor women’s day to day existence....   [tags: Poems, poetry] 869 words
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America by Maya Angelou - America by Maya Angelou Maya Angelou acclaimed poet and author wrote a poem entitled “America”. The poem offers words of truth of our country America. The poem begins, “ The gold of her promise, has never been mined.” America, promises us that all men are created equal. The first problem with the promise is we are not all men. The gold of her promise, address equality. Although it is promised to all in this country, its never delivered, when discrimination, of race and gender are still existent....   [tags: Papers] 451 words
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Ishmeal and Maya Angelou - Ishmeal and Maya Angelou There are many different views on how people should live our lives. All of these different philosophies come from many different places. They come from religions, people's cultures, and their morals that they have been taught. People live by these rules they were brought into from the day they are born and do not question them. In "A Rock, A River, A Tree", by Maya Angelou and Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, both attempt to show how humans should live their lives and survive in a community....   [tags: essays papers] 985 words
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Maya Angelou at Rutgers - Maya Angelou was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. She is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. She lectures throughout the United States and abroad and is Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1981. She has published ten best selling books and numerous magazine articles earning her Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominations. At the request of President Clinton, she wrote and delivered a poem at his 1993 Presidential Inauguration....   [tags: essays research papers] 860 words
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Maya Angelou and Barnlund - Analysis of Angelou and Barnlund The separation of two different worlds often results in the lack of ability to communicate between one another. In Maya Angelou’s excerpt “Mary,” Angelou depicts the story of a girl named Marguerite who is employed as a slave in Mrs. Cullinan’s home. Angelou deliberately creates this character to symbolize the racial barrier between two worlds, black and white. She suggests that there is a pre-distinguished barrier between these two cultures and nothing can be done to change the natural reaction that comes along with communicating to another culture....   [tags: essays papers] 1285 words
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Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928. Her real name is Marguerite Johnson, but she later changed it to Maya. She was born in St. Louis, shortly after her birth her family up and move to Arkansaw. Maya grew up there in the rural parts of Arkansaw, and later married to a South African Freedom Fighter. She lived in Cairo with him, there she began her career as editor of the Arab Observer. At the request of Dr. Martin Lutheran King Jr., she became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1975....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Maya Angelou - Collective Soul and Maya Angelou Collective Soul, a 90’s based rock band, and the famously known poet Maya Angelou, have a statement to make on their thoughts and feelings. They are expressed in two different forms of poetry. Maya Angelou express them in contemporary poetry, while the rock group Collective Soul adds rhythm and a impressive beat to their lyrics. Both of these forms of poetry are very strong at getting their point across to their audience that is very attracted to their work....   [tags: essays research papers] 929 words
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Maya Angelou - Her life was never easy. From the time she was born, Maya Angelou was subjected to racism, rape, grief and dehumanization. She beared enough emotional stress in a time frame that most people don't experience in a lifetime. Yet she prevailed. She forced herself to become stronger. And in doing so, she produced writings, which in turn, helped others to become strong. Her experiences and the lessons learned gave her confidence to be a teacher, a preacher, and an inspiration to millions. Maya Angelou was courageous....   [tags: Biography Biographies Bio Papers] 1920 words
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Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou         By consistently weaving the theme of motherhood into her literature, Maya Angelou creates both personal narratives and poems that the reader can relate to. Her exploration of this universal theme lends itself to a very large and diverse audience.  Throughout Angelou's works, she allows her followers to witness her metamorphosis through different aspects of motherhood.         Well-worked themes are always present in Angelou's works-  self- acceptance, race, men, work, separation, sexuality, and motherhood....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou Born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri Maya Angelou later changed her name to promote her writing. Maya- represents the childhood name her brother Bailey gave her and Angelou is a variation of her married last name. At the age of three her parents divorced and sent her and her younger brother Bailey to live with their paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. When she was seven years old she moved to Chicago to live with her mother and encountered one of the most traumatic experiences of her life....   [tags: Biography Author Writer] 1311 words
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Maya Angelou - when Maya Angelou was a young woman -- "in the crisp days of my youth," she says -- she carried with her a secret conviction that she wouldn't live past the age of 28. Raped by her mother's boyfriend at 8 and a mother herself since she graduated from high school, she supported herself and her son, Guy, through a series of careers and buoyed by an implacable ambition to escape what might have been a half-lived, ground-down life of poverty and despair. "For it is hateful to be young, bright, ambitious and poor," Angelou observes....   [tags: essays research papers] 575 words
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Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou is a phenomenal woman. She was born into a devastating decade, that suffered numerous tragedies. Not only had society shaped her as a woman, she has also shaped our society and influenced many lives. She is still living today, yet I believe her legend will never die. Furthermore I will share with you what motivated her and some of her gratifying experiences. How she was effected by society, and what she did about it. Also how the time period she was born into made her the extraordinary woman she is today....   [tags: essays research papers] 1215 words
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Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou "I had decided that St. Louis was a foreign country. In my mind I had only stayed there for a few weeks. As quickly as I understood that I had not reached my home, I sneaked away to Robin's Hood's Forest and the caves of Alley Oop where all reality was unreal and even that changed my day. I carried the same shield that I had used in Stamps: 'I didn't come to stay.'" In Maya Angelou's autobiographical novel, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", tender-hearted Marguerite Johnson, renamed Maya by her refined brother Bailey, discovers all of the splendors and agonies of growing up in a prejudiced, early twentieth century America....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 1203 words
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Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou is one of the most influential and talented African American writers of our modern day. Those who read Angelou‘s works should not pass the thought of where her influence came from. Maya Angelou’s work has been heavily affected by the era in which she began to write. The fifties and sixties were a tumultuous time for most African-Americans in the US. The civil-rights movement, led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, was instrumental in securing legislation, notably the Civil-Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Personal Perseverance in the Works of Maya Angelou - Personal Perseverance in the Works of Maya Angelou       Internationally respected brilliant poet, historian, and author Maya Angelou says "in all my work I try to tell the human truth-what it is like to be human...what makes us stumble and fumbleand fall and somehow miraculously rise and go on from the darkness and into the light (Ebony 96). This theme is consistently exemplified throughout Angelou's greatly acclaimed autobiographical worksand poems such as I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in my Name, Still I Rise and Phenomenal Women....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou - With the poem, Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou, she describes the basic feelings and descriptions of a person that does not need loathing or people to try and lift her up. She shows us that she and all those oppressed in general are strong. We are shown some of the thoughts and feelings people have displayed against her, but the reality is she won't let them get her down. Her moral opulence allows her to rise above where her ancestors fell to slavery, carrying herself as a strong woman. Her ancestors' dream was to have a life in society without fear of what might happen (to them)....   [tags: Poem Poetry Poems] 388 words
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Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Report - Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Report Section I 1. In the text "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" a young black girl is growing up with racism surrounding her. It is very interesting how the author Maya Angelou was there and the way she described every detail with great passion. In the book Maya and Bailey move to a lot of places, which are, Stamps, Arkansas; St. Louis, Missouri; and San Francisco, California. Maya comes threw these places with many thing happening to her and people she knows....   [tags: Angelou Book Report] 924 words
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Beauty Inside and Out of a 'Phenomenal Woman' - Strength, power, and self-confidence are three meaningful words that the poem “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou illustrates. Angelou uses alliteration, rhythm scheme and her own personal style to convey the meaning of a “phenomenal woman,” which is what she considers all women to be. Angelou, as an example, enlightens readers that not all hardships and tribulations have to be known. One can interpret that every woman experiences a trial in their life that eventually makes them a stronger individual....   [tags: Maya Angelou poetry analysis]
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I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - Envision seventy-four years ago, an African-American that had just returned from war going into a restaurant and not being served because of the oppressive Jim Crow laws. Little human dignity was given to African-Americans living during the 1930’s and 40’s in the segregated South. Blacks, especially women, were not given a felicitous education because it was illegal to acquire and obtain books during this time period (Depression 117). Despite these hardships, Maya Angelou was awarded over fifty honorary degrees for her novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Women Memoirist 43)....   [tags: depression era, african american right,jim crow ]
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Behind the Cage - Poetry comes from the heart, it is an art form that is not visual, but it can still be seen through analysis and thought. Poetry is meaningful, though confusing at some times, and has been popular for ages. Maya Angelou, born in 1928, is a well-known African American poet, recognized for her poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” also known as “Caged Bird” was written in 1969 about Angelou’s struggle as a young girl. Angelou uses her life and experiences with racism and discrimination to prove that even in rough times, one can soar to even greater heights than imagined....   [tags: discrimination, slave, poetry]
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Hope Rising Against Hate In Maya Angelou’s Poetry - She was raped, had a son at age 17, and had one of her closest friends assassinated on her birthday. Yet, despite all of these terrible things she is still one of the most inspirational American poets to ever live. Maya Angelou uses the misfortune from her life to her advantage in her poetry because it causes her to write very passionately on topics she has personally gone through, and how she continues to be a strong woman and stay confident in herself. Poet Maya Angelou’s writing was created to inspire hope and confidence in the face of conflict, particularly for African American women....   [tags: Poetic Analysis, Histrical Figure, Poems]
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Race Relations in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - Race Relations in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou The reasons listed by the censors for banning I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings do not explain the widespread controversy around the novel. There is reason to believe that the question of the novel is in its poignant portrayal of race relations. This explains why the novel has been most controversial in the South, where racial tension is historically worst, and where the novel is partially set. Therefore, understanding the blatant and subtle effects of racism on the young Marguerite help explain the censorship controversy, and the person she became....   [tags: Know Why Caged Bird Sings Essays Angelou] 773 words
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Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya shields herself against the confusion of St. Louis by reading fairy-tales and telling herself that she does not intend on staying there anyway. Vivian works in a gambling parlor at night....   [tags: Angelou Caged Bird Book Summary Review Analysis] 1676 words
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - As a black woman in the 1930's and the 1940's, little power or ever respect was given. There had been no civil rights movement and Jim Crow laws and segregation were still in effect. Blacks, in general, especially women, were not given a felicitous education because it was illegal to acquire or obtain books during that time period. Maya Angelou's autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was deeply shaped of her coming of age during the depression that caused her separation, the racism and discrimination she experienced living in the south, and the abuse she endured which formed her discernment of men....   [tags: race, abuse, discrimination]
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3 American Poets: Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, and Maya Angelou - 3 American Poets- Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, and Maya Angelou Poetry as a literally work in which the expression of ideas and feelings is given strength has had great authors overtime who took different perspectives in this genre of literature. These poets used distinctive rhythm and style to express their styles, poetic themes, outlook on life, and had their share of influence on the American society. This paper uses the basis of these styles, themes, outlook on life and subsequent influence on the American society to compare three prolific poets who ventured into this literature genre: Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, and Maya Angelou....   [tags: poetry styles, ]
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When I Think about Myself by Maya Angelou - ... The person or narrator is a one or a social community who experience the irony of life in the poem. The attitude of the person or narrator in the poem towards the irony that she or he had experienced is sad but keeps steadfast to survive. The person shows a good spirit through laugh at all ironic that happens in his or her life. In another word, it shows the spirit of people to survive against all good and bad things that happens in their life. The second and third line of the first stanza can indicate as the attitude of the person....   [tags: poem analysis]
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Gender Issues in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou - In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, both Hansberry and Angelou use gender to show two different perspectives women brought forth in the 1920s through the 1950s. Hansberry displays in Ruth, a woman of good faith and loyalty to her family, and Beneatha represents Maya Angelou’s phenomenal woman, a woman of poise, class, and dreams. Hansberry and Angelou use characterization, dialogue, archetype, and juxtaposition to compare and contrast a woman’s changing role in society....   [tags: women´s role, ambitions, personalities]
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Dreams and Images in Harlem by Langston Hughes and in On the Pulse by Maya Angelou - ... “ Hosts to species long since departed” (2), to look at the world face to face and to not shy away because we don’t like what we see. While she vision that we will come together as one again. “I and the / Tree and the Rock were one” (35-36), we are strong and can make a difference in the world by embracing and finding peace in the world again. Angelou wrote this because she that the world was going into turmoil and that we need to the stop violence and create peace. Both “Harlem” by Langston Hughes and “On Pulse of the Morning” by Maya Angelou, they have the same themes of optimism and revolution in a dream....   [tags: message, don´t destroy the world] 828 words
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - The Prevalence Of Inequality I openly admit that I really couldn’t care less when it comes to the topic that seems to be incredibly influential to our culture. I am, of course, referring to sports. Sports has always been a part of my life in some form, because of my family ties to the Dallas Cowboys. The Jimenez family are huge Dallas Cowboys fans. I really have never understood the meaning of sports, looking with an innate sense of bewilderment whenever people ask me, “Why don’t you like sports?” It’s just never had any sort of profound impact on me....   [tags: inequality, my race groaned]
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Zora Neale Hurston and Maya Angelou: Influential Writers of the 20th Century - Zora Neale Hurston and Maya Angelou are arguably the most influential writers of the mid 20th century . Their work has inspired young African Americans to have more confidence in their own abilities. Their work has also been studied and taught countless times in many schools across the U.S. But the main reason why their work is considered classics in American literature; is because their work stands as testament to the treatment, and struggles of African Americans in the mid 20th century America....   [tags: African-American, Authors] 616 words
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The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudroa Welty - In the words of Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Eudora Welty knew no such agony because, for the greater part of her life, Welty shared her stories through writing. Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter contains a mix of “uncharacteristically incorporate[d] bit[s] of biographical [information],”(Marrs 1) adding in a secret element that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972. This novel serves not only as Welty’s premier novel but also as an ideal example of Southern literature....   [tags: maya angelou, biography, negroes]
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