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The Complete Collected Poems [Kindle Edition]

Maya Angelou
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Maya Angelou's poetry - lyrical and dramatic, exuberant and playful - speaks of love, longings, partings; of Saturday night partying and the smells and sounds of Southern cities; of freedom and shattered dreams. Of her poetry, Kirkus Reviews has written, 'It is just as much a part of her autobiography as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, and The Heart of a Woman'.


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A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman (President Barack Obama)

The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace (President Bill Clinton)

She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds (Oprah Winfrey)

She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate (Toni Morrison)

It is true poetry she is writing. . . It has an innate purity about it, unquenchable dignity (M.F.K Fisher)

Maya Angelou liberates and exhilarates through her magical, lyrical, mystical medium - poetry (MARY BRYCE, TRIBUNE)

The best known poet in America (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

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* A very special book of poetry which brings together all the previous collections of poems in one volume

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZ0HHDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.

She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

'A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman' President Barack Obama

'The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace' President Bill Clinton

'She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds' Oprah Winfrey

'She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There's no duplicate. There is no duplicate' Toni Morrison

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars touching and real. amazingly sincere. 22 July 2001
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Maya Angelou writes about life, love, and childhood (amongst other things) with utter sincerity that is so touching. To read her words is to experience the feelings of joy, pain and suffering. There are no pretences and her style conveyes all the emotions without reducing the beauty of the poetry itself. The anthology is something that everyone can enjoy regardless of whether you are a poetic or literary individual. Its laid back style makes it accessible to anyone and that is what is so great about Maya Angelou, she opens up the world of poetry to you and I
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 7 Jan. 2013
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Fantastic buy, excellent book I would highly recommend to anyone. Very good quality purchase as well thank you very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A clear black proud voice 20 Feb. 2014
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Angelou sounds a clear voice of pride in her black tradition and in her feminine stance.
The poems are effectively and clearly put.
She is not committed to any "trend" or literary demands, but sounds her own life experiences and cultural views.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love books you can pick up and put down 19 Nov. 2014
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I love books you can pick up and put down.

Maya Angelou's writing is clever and insightful; great descriptives bring her words to living, breathing life.
From the defiant 'Still I Rise' (You may trod me in the very dirt/But still, like dust, I'll rise) to the reflective 'They Went Home', this is a brilliant volume. Her words are sewn seamlessly and cleverly like a precious heirloom quilt. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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Wouldn't be without this wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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Wise Words to live by
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4.0 out of 5 stars good Book 30 Jun. 2014
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Very good, one of the best books i've read in a long time recommend it for all ages and genders
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 17 Jun. 2014
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An excellent collection by a super writer. She was an inspiring lady and her resilient personality shines through her poetry!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product with its own charm and history.
Great book, by a brilliant writer, some people may not like the fact that this book has age an its a little ruff around the edges, but I find it utterly charming, an its great to... Read more
Published 28 days ago by terry ohara
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
Very good i like it
Published 3 months ago by ian mcleod
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful poetry from Maya
I've always loved Maya Angelou's work and this collection of her poems is brilliant. Wonderful book to dip in and out of - there seems to be a poem for every mood, she is the best.
Published 5 months ago by Jennhys
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 5 months ago by Mab
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great little book with some amazing poems
Published 6 months ago by Kath
5.0 out of 5 stars i am so glad i got this book i love her poems its ...
i am so glad i got this book i love her poems its like her book it comes from her heart and its lovely i cannot put it down i would love people to read this book thank u
Published 7 months ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars during that period in history very good
Some very deep emotional poems from the heart showing some of the hardships indured, during that period in history very good author
Published 7 months ago by Julia Elton
3.0 out of 5 stars passion in verse
I probably expected too much having seen and heard only the "older" and perhaps the more mature author. The passion is never in doubt and the poetry is often beautiful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I know when i get around to reading them i will be happy with it
I have not read them yet , i just wanted to have the collection. I know when i get around to reading them i will be happy with it.
Published 9 months ago by Esmine A. Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great condition thanks
Published 9 months ago by jack redding
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