Angelou talks as a self-assured lady in her poem "Phenomenal Woman." She wants to show the world what she thinks makes her attractive, and she does it in a variety of ways. The poem is a free verse story in the style of a ballad. There are no traditional rhymes, only a few noteworthy ones here and there. Instead, the poet uses wordplay and syntax to create music with language.
She begins by telling us that she is a phenomenal woman and then goes on to explain that this means she has great strength and courage. It also means that she is a phenomenon, which is an amazing thing to be. Finally, it is someone who is very special and unique.
By describing herself as a woman, Angelou is not limiting herself. She knows that men have been limited in their view of women because most of them have only seen feminine characteristics in females. By saying that she's a phenomenal woman, Angelou is saying that she's strong, courageous, and important like a man would be. She wants people to know that she can do anything a man can do and that she's not just good for cooking and cleaning.
Using word play and poetic devices, Angelou tries to appeal to both men and women. This allows her to reach a large audience.
The poem starts off with the line: "I'm a phenomenal woman/ And they should know it".
Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" was originally published in 1978. The poem challenges restrictive cultural expectations of women and offers an alternate viewpoint on what constitutes true beauty. It conveys a message of strength and self-determination to women.
In this poem, Maya Angelou uses different styles to illustrate different ideas within the text. She starts off with a simple statement followed by several questions. This style is called interrogation and it is used to gain information from someone or to get them to tell their side of the story. Then, she moves on to use narrative poetry which is when a poet tells a story through words. In this case, Maya Angelou uses other things around her house as examples such as flowers, jewelry, and clothes to show that even though Phenomenal Woman doesn't have much money, she still can find beauty in everything she has around her.
At the end of the poem, she again uses the word "phenomenon" which means "something that causes wonder or amazement". So, the whole poem is saying that despite being a woman, you can be strong, independent, and capable if you want to be.
Some people may not like this poem because it shows women being beautiful even without spending money on makeup or going to the salon.
Based on the critical examination, it has been determined that Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Woman" is in formalism or can be decoded using a formalistic technique. This is because of the use of several literary techniques in one of the lines of this poem. Specifically, Angelou uses metaphor, personification, and simile to create an image of her protagonist that stands in contrast to the conventional view of women at that time.
Angelou also uses allusion to incorporate other famous writers into her work. For example, she references Shakespeare's sonnets and Homer's Iliad in order to show the differences between men and women. Finally, she employs foreshadowing to indicate that Linda Lee's character will later on become successful after suffering many setbacks early in the poem.
Linda Lee Cook was born on April 4th, 1928 in Stamps, Arkansas. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1951 and went on to get her master's degree in Library Science from George Washington University in Washington D.C. two years later in 1953. In addition to being an author, Ms. Cook was also a civil rights activist who helped register African Americans to vote during the 1950s. She died on April 28th, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.