Maya Angelou's Literary Analysis

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Introduction This term paper was written to shine a little light on one of America’s extraordinary women, Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou started out in humble beginnings she was born on April 4, 1928. Maya Angelou's birth name was Marguerite Ann Johnson. Her birth place was St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Angelou left her birth place as a young child after her parents had broken up. Ms. Angelou and her brother were sent to live with her fathers’ Mother in Stamps, Arkansas. Some may call Ms. Angelou’s 1969 autobiography ”I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing” her claim to fame, some may call her poetry her occupation, and more over there are still some that would like to call her Freelance writings Maya Angelou’s life’s work. Ms. Angelou was so much more. Ms. Angelou has been known for being a Civil Rights activist, a poet, a philosopher, a teacher, an Award-winning Author, an actress, a screenwriter and the…show more content…
Angelou passed away on May 28, 2014, leaving us with the message of never give up. To keep living, keep striving to keep moving on. It appears as if some women are inspired by others, as evidence by a life well lived. Ms. Angelou’s message is echoed throughout her life as stated. Ms. Angelou’s son stated, “She lived as a teacher, an activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace”. (Italie, et al., 2014,) In 2013 Ms. Angelou, seventy-five years old, told The Associated Press, “I'm not modest I have no modesty; modesty is a learned behavior but I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out." (Italie, et al., 2014,) In one interview Ms. Angelou was asked in what way does she handle people's reactions to old age, Ms. Angelou replied with,” the final verse of her poem on Aging, I'm the same person I was back then A little less hair a little less chin, a lot less lung, and much less wind, but ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in" (Younger, G. et al.,
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