Maya Angelou

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Mariko said...

If you enjoy contemporary poetry, Maya Angelou is a great choice. I read her collections Phenomenal Woman, I Shall Not Be Moved, And Still I Rise, Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie, Shaker Why Don't You Sing?, and Oh Pray My Wings are Gonna Fit Me Well. I loved reading all her poetry, because she really has her own unique style of writing and each and every poem has its own voice. Also, the range of styles of poems surprised me a lot. Some were very serious, intricate, and complicated, where others rhymed and sounded very playful. It's a good idea to take a few notes on each poem on separate note cards so that you have an easy time organizing observations and quotes when it comes to the essay writing phase.

Paloma O. said...

In my opinion, Maya Angelou is a great author to have for American Author's Thesis. I really enjoyed reading her books I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and also All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes. After reading these two stories, they were easy to analyze because one story mainly focuses on her childhood while the other one focuses her as an adult. I love reading stories and poems by Maya Angelou because they are mostly all about her experiences which help readers to think about the time period and societies that she lived in. In my opinion using these two books, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and also All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, are good for a comparison paper. When I read these books, I had no trouble finding the right quotes to prove my common theme. I recommend when taking notes to really focus on certain words in the quotations because Angelou uses a lot of metaphors to describe herself and her experiences.

American Author Thesis

Now that you have written your essay, we ask that you reflect on the reading portion of the experience and write 100-150 words about your author.

Think of what you write as advice for someone next year and beyond, someone who (like you were doing last fall) is thinking about choosing your author - and maybe even the same three books - to read for the assignment.