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Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou was written in 1978 and published in 1995 Born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4 1928 who became an American poet memoirist actress and important figure in the American civil rights movement has been called Americas most visible black female autobiographer Maya Phenomenal Woman is a narrative poem to help woman understand who she was and what she thought she was Also to help women see what they should be in a male-dominated society Is Phenomenal does not just mean spectacular or special It also means perceptible by the senses or immediate experience The poem is the opposite of expressing only inner but not outer beauty It is saying that her inner beauty and energy is directly expressed through her phenomena- her body angle waist swing fiery eyes which happen to be the complete opposite of the Barbie-Doll look She focuses on the power in herself as a woman as well as her physical features This poem expresses what every woman wishes they could feel and Maya Angelou is telling the world that yes you have imperfections but you are still beautiful inside and out no matter what anyone says This essay will look at the language of the poem in Phenomenal Woman why the poet has chosen this topic and theme in a Feminist perspective and what the voice is behind the words in the poem and the audience the poet is trying to appeal toIn this poem Phenomenal Woman there is many literary devices with a first person point of view The first one is imagery this occurs throughout the whole poem and makes it very clear to the reader how the woman appears and how she is feeling and carries herself In the first stanza Im not cute or built to suit a fashion models size line 2 is the first sign of imagery Rhyme is noticed first in the first stanza line one and two pretty women
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