A Biography: A Biographical Biography Of Maya Angelou

analytical Essay
639 words
639 words

Tevin Hudson ENC1102 Tuesday and Thursday 7:00am-8:15am April 16, 2014 Writing Assignment 3 Biographical Synopsis Dr. Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis Missouri. Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. In Stamps she was faced with the brutality of racial discrimination, and a very traumatic incident where she, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend when she was eight, but because of this she also developed an unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family. (Angelou)This shaped her poetry and her involvement in the arts. Where she began to sing and dance and planned to audition in professional theater but that didn’t work out well because she began working as a nightclub waitress, tangled with drugs and prostitution and danced in a strip club. In 1959, she moved to New York, became friends with prominent Harlem writers, and got involved with the civil rights movement. In 1961, she moved to Egypt with a boyfriend and edited for the Arab Observer. When she returned to the U.S., she began publishing her multivolume autobiography, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as well as several books of poetry and the third being Still I Rise in published in 1978. (Maya Angelou is born) Because of this life of hardship shaped her to who she is and was the inspiration for a lot of her poetry. Historical Context Around the time that Still I Rise was Published was just the ending of Generation X or in other words the Baby Boomers. During this Post World War 2 Era many thing where going on such as on the need to combat corruption, dictatorships, abuse, AIDS, a generation in search of human dignity and individual freedom, the need for stability, love, tolerance, and human rights for a... ... middle of paper ... ... rises in the end and will continue to rise every day until the end of time. Just like moons and like suns (Angelou 8). By using this comparison it gives off an aura of invincibility because there is really nothing in this world that can stop the sun and moon from rising every day. Work Cited Angelou, Maya. "Welcome to Maya Angelou’s Official Site." Maya Angelou. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2014. . “Maya Angelou is born.” 2014. The History Channel website. Apr 6 2014, 10:59 Chow, Balance. "The Poetry Of Angelou." Masterplots II: African American Literature, Revised Edition (2008): 1-5. Literary Reference Center Plus. Web. 5 Apr. 2014. "Still I Rise." Poetry for Students. Ed. Sara Constantakis. Vol. 38. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 218-236. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that dr. maya angelou was born on april 4, 1928 in st. louis, missouri, and raised in stamps, arkansas. she was raped by her mother's boyfriend when she was eight, which shaped her poetry and involvement in the arts.
  • Analyzes how the feminist movement was inspired by malcolm x and dr martin luther king. the poem "still i rise" is written specifically with a feminine voice.
  • Analyzes how maya angelou's poem, still i rise, tells people that no matter what someone may do to them, they will continue to rise.
  • Introduces maya angelou's official site, which is available at
  • Explains that chow, balance, "the poetry of angelou." masterplots ii: african american literature, revised edition (2008): 1-5.

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