Maya Angelou Poems

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Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Caged Bird

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends


Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty

Woman Work

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop

Touched By An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple


When I was young, I used to
Watch behind the curtains
As men walked up and down the street. Wino men, old men.
Young men sharp as mustard.

Passing Time

Your skin like dawn
Mine like musk

One paints the beginning

The Lesson

I keep on dying again.
Veins collapse, opening like the
Small fists of sleeping

A Conceit

Give me your hand

Make room for me
to lead and follow

Maya Angelou Poems! Who is this strong woman? Here, Quotes by Maya Angelou

Known for her seven autobiographies, three essays and poetry books, Maya Angelou is known as a legendary poet, writer and activist. In the career of the famous name, plays, movies and television shows are also seen. Here, you can read quotes of Maya Angelou and her poems.

In the series in which we compile the curious about the poets' lives, we also touch on the works of Maya Angelou. In this writing there are these titles; quotes from Maya Angelou, Maya Angelou facts, Maya Angelou books and Maya Angelou poems. 

Who is Maya Angelou?

Angelou is best known for her autobiographies about her childhood and early adulthood. The first of his autobiographies, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing' (1969), describes his life up to the age of 17. This autobiography brought Angelou international recognition and acclaim.

Quotes by Maya Angelou

"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
“‎The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.”
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."
“In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn't really, absolutely know what whites looked like.”
“While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.”
“Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."
"I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
"I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.”

What is the most famous quote ever said?

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”
“Nothing will work unless you do.”
“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘Making a life’.”
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

What is Maya Angelou's most famous poem?

Still I Rise hails the indomitable spirit of Black people; and expresses faith that they will triumph despite adversity and racism. It is the most famous poem of Maya Angelou and it was also her favorite.

Maya Angelou - Still I Rise

“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.”

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What is a strong woman quote?

“Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards.” -Marilyn Monroe
“If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself.” -Mindy Kaling
“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” -Simone Biles
"Don't think about making women fit the world — think about making the world fit women.” -Gloria Steinem
“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” -Amelia Earhart
“Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you’re focusing on the glass ceiling, focusing on what you don’t have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited.” -Ava DuVernay
“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected for all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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