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"PHENOMENAL WOMAN"

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Transcript of "PHENOMENAL WOMAN"



-This poem was made to inspire

WOMEN
and for them to get a higher level of self-confidence. (She has inspired famous women like Oprah.)


"PHENOMENAL WOMAN"
By: Maya Angelou

"Phenomenal Woman"
"Phenomenal Woman"
I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.
>Who was Maya Angelou?
"Phenomenal Woman"
Structured into four stanzas

Written in free verse

Language used is lucid or simple but fluent and energetic. (e.g. "The Fire in my eyes"
Techniques:
Tone:
Joyous, proud, celebrating womanhood.
Purpose?
'Marguerite Annie Johnson'
Born on: April 4th, 1928
,in St. Louis, Missouri of United States
Died: May 28, 2014 (86 years old.)

As an African- American girl, she experienced racial discrimination and poverty.

At the age of 3, her parents got divorced.

At the age of 7, she got sexually abused.

At the age of 16, she gave birth to her son, Guy.

Worked as: a waitress, a cook and even as a club performer.

Theme:
True & Natural Beauty of a Woman
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.


I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Natural Characteristics.
"Phenomenal Woman"
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

After years of hardwork, she:

Became a successful performer
Bestselling author -
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
(1969),
And Still I Rise
(1978),
Phenomenal Woman
(1995),
The Heart of a Woman
(1981),
Letter to My Daughter
(2008),
Mom &Me &Mom
(2013) and more.
Hollywood's first female black director.
Civil Rights Activist and more.

Learned different languages.

Won awards/honours such as:









Worked with:
-Malcolm X (In 1964, Maya helped him build his new Organisation of African American Unity)

-Martin Luther King (Maya served as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.)
Pulitzer Prize nomination (for her book of poetry, '
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie')
Tony Award nomination (for her role in the 1973 play '
Look Away')
3 Grammys (for her spoken word albums.)
She served on two presidential committees National Medal of Arts in 2000
Lincoln Medal in 2008
Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Over fifty honorary degrees. (That is why she is addressed as Dr. Maya Angelou, though she did not finish college.)
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
"Phenomenal Woman"
Themes:

True beauty of a Woman

Feminism
-"means the doctrine or movement advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men."
Feminity
- "is the quality of being feminine and gentle; womanliness."

Mystery of a woman
How society describes 'Beauty'.
Verse 1:
Verse 2:
Verse 3:
Verse 4:
Theme: Feminism
Inner beauty: Attitude, passion, self-confidence, & gracefulness. Intelligence &talents.
Natural characteristics
Theme:
Target Audience:
(amazingworldy17, 2013)
(Achievement.org, 2014)
(Trisha, 2014)
Feminity
Mystery as a woman.
Maya Angelou Reciting her Poem, "Phenomenal Woman"
"I am not cute or built to suit fashion model’s size" - Verse 1

"The curl of my lips" -Verse 1

"The ride of my breasts" -Verse 3

"The flash of my teeth" -Verse 2

"the joy of my feet" -Verse 2

"The bend of my hair" -Verse 4
~ Some Imagery examples:
~ Example of a Metaphor:



"A hive of honey bees."



-Verse 2
Imagery:
Maya described her whole body and behaviour.
Metaphor:
Used to tell men's attraction to her.
Symbolism:
Used to describe Maya
~ Some examples of Symbolism:
"It’s the fire in my eyes,"


"The sun of my smile,”

-Verse 2
-Verse 3
Refrain:
Used to emphasise the main message of the poem.
Example:
"I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

Rhyme
(Trisha, 2014)
(OWN TV, 2013)
(Dictionary.com, 2014)
Examples:
-Verse 1
"The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips."
"
Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees."
-Verse 2
"Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery."
-Verse 3
"
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care."
-Verse 4
Irony:
To tell the poet's view about the true beauty of a woman and how the society describes it that negatively affects women.
Pun:
use of similar words with different meanings. "Phenomenal."

FIN!
Thank you For Listening! :)

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Achievement.org, (2014). Maya Angelou Biography -- Academy of Achievement. [online] Achievement.org. Available at: <http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1> [Accessed 16 May. 2014].

Dictionary.com, (2014). In: 1st ed. [online] Random House, Inc. Available at: <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Feminism?s=t> [Accessed 7 Jun. 2014].

Dictionary.com, (2014). In: 1st ed. [online] Random House, Inc. Available at: <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/feminity?s=t> [Accessed 8 Jun. 2014].

Mirza, O. (2010). Why Did Maya Angelou Write Phenomenal Woman. [online] Write Writing. Available at: . <http://www.writeawriting.com/write/why-did-maya-angelou-write-phenomenal-woman/> [Accessed 4 Jun. 2014].

poetry.rapgenius.com, (2014). Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman. [online] Poetry Genius. Available at: <http://poetry.rapgenius.com/Maya-angelou-phenomenal-woman-annotated#note-1180899> [Accessed 7 Jun. 2014].

Rose, R. (2011). Poetry Analysis Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou by Rina Rose | Humanities 360. [Online] Humanities360.com. Available at: <http://www.humanities360.com/index.php/poetry-analysis-phenomenal-woman-by-maya-angelou-10346/> [Accessed 26 May. 2014].

skool.ie, (2014). Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou [1928]. [Online] Skoool.ie. Available at: <http://www.skoool.ie/examcentre_sc.asp?id=4754> [Accessed 1 Jun. 2014].

Trisha, (2014). Summary and Analysis of Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. [online] Beaming Notes. Available at: < http://beamingnotes.com/2013/10/22/summary-analysis-phenomenal-woman-maya-angelou/> [Accessed 1 Jun. 2014].


Videos:
amazingworldy17, (2013). Mind-Blowing 'Body Evolution' Video Dramatically Alters Woman's Body With Photoshop. [video] Available at: < [Accessed 23 May. 2014].

OWN TV, (2013). Listen: Dr. Maya Angelou Recites Her Poem "Phenomenal Woman" - Super Soul Sunday - OWN. [Video] Available at: < [Accessed 17 May. 2014].
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