POETRY RESPONSE: “Phenomenal Woman” (Stephen O.)

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: Poetry Responses | Tags: , , |

The poem that I have read is “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou.  Angelou is not known only for her poems, but for her biographies.  When she writes she writes about her childhood and the experiences of growing up poor and in an abusive household.  Some other poems that she wrote about her life are, “They Went Home” and “When You Come.”

I thought a lot of things when I was reading this poem.  I think the author is trying to make a point about listening to yourself and not to anyone else.  In “Phenomenal Woman” Angelou describes a woman who is not always perfect but is happy with herself.  For example, “…it’s the click of my heels, the bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, the need of my care cause I’m a woman phenomenally.  Phenomenal woman that’s me.”

My reaction to this poem was that it boggled my mind.  The reason for this is because I did not think that it was going to be this good.  It gave me some information to think about.  THe most important thing to think about is to listen to yourself and only yourself.

I would recommend this poem to other middle schoolers that are having trouble trying to figure out who they are.  This poem is very positive and it tells you that it is more important to think positvely about yourself than to worry about what others think of you.

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6 Responses to “POETRY RESPONSE: “Phenomenal Woman” (Stephen O.)”

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Stephen, If you think the poem gave you something to think about, you should take any opportunity to read more of her work. I have had the opportunity to hear her speak many times. She is a phenomenal person. She is extremely well educated and more importantly, has a great deal of common sence. Keep on reading, you’ll never regret it.

Thanks for reading!

Steven, this is my favorite poem! How did you know! Good job on your commentary.

I am so impressed that you were able to look past the gender of the character (and the author) to relate this poem to your own life. You have shared some important connections that make me want to read this poem.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


When I was younger, I read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Ms. Angelou…I immediately wanted to adopt the lady as my mentor! That never happened, but, I have all of her books, so there…Keep up the great reading!


I would definitely recommend you seek out more of Maya Angelou’s work. There’s a lot of good things to be found there!

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