She wins attention just to be what she is. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. The bees have an innate, uncontrollable desire to be near the honey; likewise, the men cannot help but flock towards Angelou. Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed. She describes her secret saying that it comes from her confidence, the way she stretches her arms, the way she walks, the rhythm of her hips and also the way she smiles. Hyperbole A figure of speech composed of a striking exaggeration.
Both sexes are in awe of the speaker's unique beauty, despite the fact that she contradicts everything they have ever learned in society about beauty. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. As the poem continues, Angelou extols the inner mystery that makes her so attractive to the men around her. The only way to fix this epidemic is to teach women how to have a positive body image and learn to love the body they have. It also lies within the stride of her step-the way she carries herself around. Stanza Two: I walk into a room, As cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Falls down on their knees.
The poem describes a woman who is proud of being a woman, who is confident, follows her heart, has faith in herself and believes in her inner strength. Irony The entire poem makes references to the fact that the speaker is a phenomenal woman despite lacking stereotypically beautiful qualities. Now Angleou starts listing her features or describing herself to show what her answer is. The hardship and suffering of the African-American community in the Americas in the mid twentieth century finds utterance in her poems and essays. We all possess individual personal strengths. The poem basically depicts how a woman is seen in the society and how she actually is.
About the Poet: Maya Angelou Maya Angelou was an American memoirist, poet and activist. Big picture planning, regular life check-ins, personal growth pages, and so much more help you move from dreaming to doing, so you can become the phenomenal woman you truly are! She has received three Grammy Awards. The third stanza is about men that are actually wondering themselves why they behave in a way presented above whenever they see the persona. I recently heard this quote and find that it reminds me a little of this poem. Although the poem has no apparent rhythm, the heavy use of repetition and assonance makes it sound rhythmic. Her entire body is an expression of womanliness. She indicates to them that her mystery is not obscure but clearly expressed in her body language from the curve to her back, to her smile and rhythm of her bosom.
The opening lines of each stanza either ask a question regarding why the poet is the way she is and what is so alluring about her. She knows she is not a super model, not even the most attractive. I say, It's in 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. She tells that she does not need to do anything loud to snatch attention. Sensual, in that the speaker also recognizes her appeal to men and knows the way they desire her. They flock around her like a hive of honey bees that surround the queen bee and she becomes the cynosure of their eyes. Whenever she would pass the pretty women, it will really make them feel proud of her because of the sound of her heels, the style of her hair, the palm of her hand and their desire to care for her a man desires to be caring for a woman.
It is a figure of speech and the counterpart of anaphora. It lies in the flash candour of her teeth. Instead the poet asks us to feel proud of what God has endowed us with. That line itself makes me see what kind of woman she is. Maya shows us that this woman feels great about herself regardless of what others think. Maya Angelou tries to reveal the mystery but the myopic men fail to see it.
Moreover, it is in the palm of her hand, the gentleness of her touch. 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. These traits may include her intelligence and wit as well as her hopes, dreams, and passions. Inner mystery probably refers to the inner beauty which is common to all the women and it makes any woman beautiful and charming irrespective of the colour of her skin. The last four lines of the poem form the refrain that has previously occurred in the poem, but in these lines there is a small modification in the words. I am a woman, Phenomenally. An effective leader must be a person of honorable character, which develops over time.
These planners were created to celebrate you and make you feel great about being a woman, all while keeping you on track to achieve your big, audacious goals. The poet is not pretentious. Maya earned a scholarship to the Labor School to dance and act. She does not care to fit into mould of beauty that popular culture constructs. The poet proudly asserts that she is very happy with whatever she has and definitely is not going to take a plunge to beautify herself. We don't have to be model shaped to be noticed by anyone. Questions or concerns regarding any poems found here should be addressed to us using our.
Woman inner beauty makes a women whole and beautiful. A must-have for every busy woman! Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. Man had always wondered what they see in a women. The poet wants to make the readers believe if they chanced to see her passing, it is sure to make them proud. She says that people desire, or rather, need her for her caring and gentle nature. I say, It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet.
As bees find shelter in a hive, helpless men seek refuge in the not-so-glamorous body of the poet. The speaker is like a snake charmer, charming the men. Stanza 2: In the second stanza, Maya says that despite her not-so-feminine beauty, men used to fall for her, swarm around her like bees. This unresolved mystery, Maya feels, makes her so coveted amongst the men. All other content on this website is Copyright © 2006 - 2019 Family Friend Poems. This poem is a must read for the teenagers, as it does help to improve their self esteem and confidence and make them into more bold and beautiful young ladies. Try as they can, they cannot touch the enigmatic element in her.