Questions tagged [maya-angelou]

Questions about the works of the American poet, memoirist and civil rights activist Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; 1928 – 2014) and her life as a writer. Angelou published seven works of autobiography, starting with 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' (1969).

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What does “and bread loaf is not stone” mean in Maya Angelou's “Alone”?

The opening stanza of Maya Angelou's poem "Alone" goes like this: Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with ...
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What does “where water is not thirsty” mean in Maya Angelou's “Alone”?

The opening stanza of Maya Angelou's poem "Alone" goes like this: Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with ...
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What does “rime of alien dreams” mean in Maya Angelou's “The Mothering Blackness”?

In Maya Angelou's poem "The Mothering Blackness", there's a verse that goes like this: She came down creeping        here to the black arms waiting        now to the warm heart waiting rime ...
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How is capitalization being used in Maya Angelou's “On the Pulse of Morning”?

I was looking through Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of Morning", and noticed that there's an interesting use of capitalization in the poem. (I checked multiple version to make sure that this ...
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How does the change in syllables change the reading in Maya Angelou's “Still I Rise”?

In the opening stanza of Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise", the syllables go 9 / 7 / 9 / 6. The second verse goes 8 / 7 / 9 / 7. All of these are within two or three syllables of each other, and ...
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How are colors being used in Maya Angelou's “The Mothering Blackness”?

In Maya Angelou's poem "The Mothering Blackness", there are a bunch of different colors mentioned. For instance, the first verse goes like this: She came home running    back to the ...
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In Maya Angelou's “Caged Bird”, what is the meaning of “his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream”?

Here is the penultimate stanza of "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou: But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are ...