The Complete Poetry by Maya AngelouThe Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

The Complete Poetry

byMaya Angelou

Hardcover | March 31, 2015

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The beauty and spirit of Maya Angelou’s words live on in this complete collection of poetry, a perfect graduation gift for anyone seeking strength or inspiration.

Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer’s remarkable life.
 
Every poetic phrase, every poignant verse can be found within the pages of this sure-to-be-treasured volume—from her reflections on African American life and hardship in the compilation Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ’fore I Diiie (“Though there’s one thing that I cry for / I believe enough to die for / That is every man’s responsibility to man”) to her revolutionary celebrations of womanhood in the poem “Still I Rise” (“Out of the huts of history’s shame / I rise / Up from a past that’s rooted in pain / I rise”) to her “On the Pulse of Morning” tribute at President William Jefferson Clinton’s inauguration (“Lift up your eyes upon / The day breaking for you. / Give birth again / To the dream.”).
 
Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry also features her final long-form poems, including “A Brave and Startling Truth,” “Amazing Peace,” “His Day Is Done,” and the honest and endearing Mother:
 
“I feared if I let you go
You would leave me eternally.
You smiled at my fears, saying
I could not stay in your lap forever”
 
This collection also includes the never-before-published poem “Amazement Awaits,” commissioned for the 2008 Olympic Games:
 
“We are here at the portal of the world we had wished for
At the lintel of the world we most need.
We are here roaring and singing.
We prove that we can not only make peace, we can bring it with us.”
 
Timeless and prescient, this definitive compendium will warm the hearts of Maya Angelou’s most ardent admirers as it introduces new readers to the legendary poet, activist, and teacher—a phenomenal woman for the ages.
Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.
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Title:The Complete PoetryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.6 × 6.7 × 1 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0812997875

ISBN - 13:9780812997873

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Maya Angelou is an incredible woman. Her poetry is relatable and great to make you think about privileges and preconceptions.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Resonates Deeply I think her work is amazing and a great way to understand the life of such an inspiring individual. She touches on a lot of emotional topics, especially those stemming from her experiences as a Black woman and it is unbelievably poignant. You can feel the depth of the emotions. Her words are powerful and will continue to live on, even now that she has left us.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very weak Read Robert Hayden or Jay Wright instead.
Date published: 2016-12-22