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The art of poetry is normally used in a very creative way to establish a certain message or theme that the writer believes in This message is usually a simple one delivered by the use of figurative language In the poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou the use of literary devices helps to develop her message that society does not define beauty but it is the way one carries herself with confidence that does The poem consists of repetitions alliterations and imageries all contributing to the main idea and helping to make it betterAn excellent way to emphasize a certain point is by using repetition By repeating something over again it stresses the importance of it Maya Angelou uses this technique a lot in the poem to help describe what real beauty is compared to how it is perceived to look In the middle of each stanza there are four lines each saying different things by stanza that repeat the same structure For example in the first stanza Angelou talks about all the different things that make the woman beautiful when she writes Its in the reach of my arms the span of my hips the stride of my step the curl of my lips lines 6-9 Throughout each stanza the words are always different however the structure still remains the same By doing this each time with a new attribute the author is highlighting the different things that make the woman beautiful in her own way as well as what it is about these things make them beautiful Repetition is also used at the end of each stanza when the closing lines are always Im a woman phenomenally Phenomenal woman thats me lines 10-13 26-29 42-45 57-60 This is done so that the reader is constantly reminded of what the poem is really about Especially since these very words are repeated it makes them stand out more therefore adding importance By repeating these key
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