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Maya Angelou's Life Connected To Writing Poems:

Maya Angelou, born as, Marguerite Annie Johnson, was a Civil Rights Activist, Actress, Author, Poet, etc. As an African American, Angelou experienced first hand racial prejudice and discrimination, in Arkansas, when living with their mother,s father, Anne Henderson. During WWII, Maya Angelou studies acting and dance at the California Labor School. In the 1950's, Maya's career as a performer began to take off. As member of the Harlem Writers Guild and a civil rights activist, Angelou organized and starred in the musical revue Cabaret for Freedom. When returning back to the United States, Angelou was urged by fellow writer James Baldwin to write about her life experiences. Her efforts resulted in the enormously successful 1969 memoir about her childhood and young adult years, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. After publishing her memoir, Angelou continued to break new grounds. Maya wrote several autobiographies and poems throughout her career.

Passing Time

By: Maya Angelou

Your skin like dawn

Mine like musk

One paints the beginning

Of a certain end.

The other, the end of a

Sure beginning.

Figurative Language & Tone/ Mood:

Simile: "Your skin like dawn." Comparison between skin and the sky. Dawn is light and bright.

Simile: "Mine like musk." Comparison of her skin and a color. Musk is normally reddish brown in color.

Tone: moody.

Mood: lonely, isolated

Why Did I Choose Her:

Maya Angelou's poems are inspirational to those who are happy, sad, loved, hated, and discriminated. She chooses words that brings light to her poems. And can inspire young people to adult hood.

Works Sited Page: Editors. “Maya Angelou Biography.” The Website, A&E Television Networks, Accessed 13 Feb. 2017. Last updated: Febuary 6, 2015

Kevin. “Maya Angelou.” Poetry & Biography of the Famous Poet - All Poetry, Accessed 6 Mar. 2017.


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