Biography Of Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou is one of most well-known poets ever. Her work is a reflection of her hardships during her childhood and her life as an adult. She expressed many of her opinions through her poetry and other writing. Many of her poems revolve around equality and freedom because she grew up in the segregated era and worked with civil right activist. The poems she writes are to inspire the lives of others. Till this day, Maya Angelou is still continuing to write inspiring poetry. At the age of 7, Maya Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. The boyfriend turned up dead later by hand of her uncle. Traumatized by what had happened, she thought her words had killed her rapist so she became mute so her words couldn’t harm anyone else. "Angelou maintained nearly complete silence for five years,"(Author Study: M. Angelou). She moved to Arkansas where she continued to stay mute. “During these years, she retreated to a sheltered world of writing in which her creative being spawned and flourished” (Gaines 1). She started to dig her head into the books and that is known to be the beginning of her writing. “She read black authors like Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, as well as canonical works by William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe”(Maya Angelou). She didn’t talk again until the age of twelve. “Mrs. Flowers, as Angelou recalled in her children’s book Mrs. Flowers: A Moment of Friendship (1986), emphasized the importance of the spoken word, explained the nature of and importance of education, and instilled in her a love of poetry” (Maya Angelou). In 1960’s she devoted herself to the cause of African-American rights and freedom. “As a civil rights activist, Angelou worked for Dr. Martin Luther ... ... middle of paper ... ...p://>. • "Maya Angelou." : The Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. 17 Mar. 2013 . • Moore, Lucinda. "A Conversation with Maya Angelou at 75." Smithsonian Magazine. Apr. 2003. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. . • Gaines, Malendie. "Maya Angelou's Influences." Scribd. 14 Mar. 2005. Web. 22 Feb. 2012. . • "Still I Rise." By Maya Angelou : The Poetry Foundation. Web. 28 Feb. o . • "Phenomenal Woman." By Maya Angelou : The Poetry Foundation. Web. 28 Feb. . • "Caged Bird." By Maya Angelou : The Poetry Foundation. Web. 28 Feb. .

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