Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou
"You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I'll rise." Have you ever been so influenced by such a small amount of powerful words? This brilliant quote extracted from Maya Angelou's own poem, "Still I Rise", basically brings out the spirit and nature of each of her publications. Maya Angelou's works of poetry are seen as inspiration for those who have been discriminated for their public appearances. As a victim of personal rejection and institutional racism, Maya writes in an assertive, confident tone with a repetitive style on behalf of African-American discrimination as seen through her poems "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", "Phenomenal Woman", and "Still I Rise".

Maya Angelou is known for being a poet impacted by personal experiences leading to the development of her writings. Angelou's primary influence on her poems comes directly from her own life. She has been influenced by her hardships, other writers, religion, and the African American community, and out of that came plentiful amounts of success. Throughout her existence, Angelou endured many of the racist attitudes of the pre-Civil Rights era ("Explanation of…Angelou"). It is also believed that Maya was raped at an early age. She was left traumatized by the event. On the bright side, this tragedy led to many great effects on her writing. During this time period, still in a stage of fear and shock, she entered a safe world of books where her imagination became her life. Additionally, Maya worked as a prostitute, cook, and an exotic dancer ("Explanation of…Angelou"). Constantly surrounded by music, especially blues, this music also greatly impacted her ideas for writing poems ("Explanation of…Angelou").

Angelou’s writings reveal her encounter with racism, discrimination, hatred, and humiliation. Again, from all of this mistreatment, she wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” "I Know Why the Caged...
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