Maya Angelou: Life and Poetry’s Fines

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“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. Maya Angelou is one of the most revered poets of her time, with the extraordinary ability to tell a story like no other. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928, Angelou grew up with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. She and her older brother Bailey resided with their father’s mother as their unstable parents separated when they were both very young (MayaAngelous.com). Angelou is a shining example of one’s potential to make good out of a shoddy upbringing. On one of the rare occasions when she visited her mother, she was raped by her live-in boyfriend. So traumatized by this experience, she spent the next few years as a virtual mute. Despite her difficult youth, Angelou managed to pull herself out of depression and speak once again (Biography.com). Now an admired entertainer and civil rights activist, Angelou overcame many obstacles standing in the way of her ambitions, such as the vast discrimination against blacks at that time, later saying “A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream” (Goodreads.com). Angelou’s sweeping contributions ex... ... middle of paper ... ... mistreated, and loved the unlovable. Angelou used her many talents to help repair the broken bonds between neighbors. The sympathy Angelou felt for all kinds of people in all walks of life attest to this great love. Maya Angelou truly inspires the defeated to love, through her work as a poet, and her work as a person. Works Cited "Inaugural Poem." Inaugural Poem. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. "Maya Angelou - Biography." Maya Angelou - Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2014. "Maya Angelou Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. "Maya Angelou." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 2014. "Maya Angelou Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. "“A Person Is the Product of Their Dreams. So Make Sure to Dream Great Dreams. And Then Try to Live Your Dream.”." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014

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