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To a man is written by Maya Angelou whose first novel was an autobiography of her varied life activist singer waitress dancer etc called I know why the caged bird sings She has written two collections of prose Wouldnt take nothing for my journey now and Even the stars look lonesome Angelou has written several famous poems including Still I rise and On the pulse of the morning for the inaugeration of President Clinton Maya Angelou now has a lifetime appointment as Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina The poem is about the man that Maya Angelou loves and she uses a variety of metaphors and images to describe him to the reader Maya Angelou has a very decisive style of writing and uses lots of modal verbs such as is to convey her message to the reader She writes poems to entertain people and to be read aloud I think this one is one of those poems because she uses full stops and capital letters to show when pauses should be given and which words need particular emphasis This poem is serious and thought provoking and she uses unusual imagery to compare her man to I like the style she uses to give meaning to her words and how she uses punctuation and enjambement together which gives an interesting effect The mood is quite happy as she describes her man who makes her feel warm and laughs through his own troubles The poem does not follow conventional structure or use syllabic sentencing on each line The lines do not rhyme and it is like Angelou has just written down her thoughts without purposefully making them into a piece of poetry The poem is twenty two lines long and puts important ideas about the man on their own or on a separate line to show the reader how important this aspect of the man is To a man is
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