Annotated Bibliography Of Maya Angelou

analytical Essay
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2111 words

Reid Karp AP Lit. & Comp. Ms. Lehn, Per. 7 Annotated Bibliography "Angelou, Maya (née Marguerite Annie Johnson)." Encyclopedia of African-american Writing. Amenia: Grey House Publishing, 2009. Credo Reference. Web. 12 March 2014. This literary critique was found on the Bryant Library database. It talks about how well Maya conveys her message to her readers as well as portraying vivid scenes in her reader’s minds’. Maya’s sense of story and her passionate desire to overcome obstacles and strive for greatness and self-appreciation is what makes Maya an outlier. Living in America, Angelou believed that African American as a whole must find emotional, intellectual, and spiritual sustenance through reverting back to their “home” of Africa. According to Maya, “Home” was the best place to capture a sense of family, past, and tradition. When it comes to Maya’s works of literature, her novels seems to be more critically acclaimed then her poetry. With that being said, Angelou pursues harsh social and political issues involving African American in her poems. Some of these themes are the struggle for civil rights in America and Africa, the feminist movement, Maya’s relationship with her son, and her awareness of the difficulties of living in America's struggling classes. Nevertheless, in all of Maya’s works of literature she is able to “harness the power of the word” through an extraordinary understanding of the language and events she uses and went through. Reading this critique made me have a better understanding of the process Maya went through in order to illustrate her life to her readers. It was not just sitting down with a pen and paper and just writing thoughts down. It was really, Maya being able to perfect something that she c... ... middle of paper ... ...all of the productions and documentaries that were used to depict the harsh realities of the unthinkable. I believe Maya Angelou decided to narrate this emotional film because she wanted to influence viewers anyway that she could. Maya connects with readers (specifically African Americans) through her biographies and poetry with her adroit use of language. Nonetheless, Maya possesses other skills that allow her to connect with several other audiences and influence them in positive ways that they were unaware about before. This source was limited because it did not provide the reader with much personal or biographical information about Angelou. It did however show that Maya was willing to use her prominence and intelligence to affect the general public in a positive way, informing them of the true, harsh realities that many minorities across the world are faced with.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that angelou, maya (née marguerite annie johnson) is of the encyclopedia of african-american writing.
  • Analyzes how maya's sense of story and her passionate desire to overcome obstacles and strive for greatness and self-appreciation is what makes her an outlier.
  • Analyzes how maya angelou's second memoir picked up right where i know why the caged bird sings left off.
  • Analyzes how maya angelou's memoir, i know why the caged bird sings, is a powerful, painful, and brutally honest account of her childhood.
  • Opines that egan, jill, maya angelou, a creative and courageous voice, pleasantville, ny, gareth stevens publishing, 2009.
  • Opines that the book cited about is yet another biography of maya angelou. it doesn't include as much substance as the other biography, as it mostly talks about her life and the world around her.
  • States that holst, wayne a., "a song flung up to heaven." the christian century 119.13 (2002): 35+. academic onefile.
  • Analyzes how maya's everlasting theme of tragedy and triumph is mighty prevalent in the testament that took place during the 1960’s.
  • Cites lisandrelli, elaine silvinski, and maya angelou in more than a poet.
  • Explains that the book sited above was a biography on the life of maya angelou. it included photos, quotes, and information about her life and the world around her.
  • Analyzes how maya incorporates themes of self-acceptance, sexuality, motherhood, men, and race into her poems and personal narratives.
  • Opines that lott, deshae e., "maya angelou 1928-." encyclopedia of american poetry: the twentieth century.
  • Argues that maya's poetry tells as much of a story about angelou’s life and endeavors, as her autobiographical books.
  • Explains that the article cited about was a biographical article about maya's childhood and life and experiences.
  • Describes pearce, susan's "angelou, maya." culture wars: an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints and voices. armonk: m.e. sharpe.
  • Analyzes how this literary critique of maya focuses more on her accomplishments as well as her literary works.
  • Explains that the article cited above was from the abc-clio database. it concerned the time period that author, maya angelou, lived through.
  • Cites the article cited above from the abc-clio database. it was useful as a reference to the time period in which maya angelou grew up.
  • Analyzes yarri, donna, "as seen through these eyes." film & history 41.2 (2011): 91+. academic onefile.
  • Analyzes how maya angelou narrates as seen through these eyes, a documentary about the gruesome and tragic holocaust.
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