Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou:

Maya Angelou By:Hailey Pratt


Timeline: Maya was born April 4 th 1928 In 1954-1955 Angelou toured Europe In 1960 she moved to Cairo, Egypt and served as an editor for English Language Weekly Met with Malcolm X and in 1964, moved back to America to help him build an organization of African American Unity. In 2000 received the Presidential Medal of Arts Received the Lincoln medal and 3 Grammy Awards in 2008. Has received over 30 honorary degrees and is the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.


Places Angelou was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri and has been traveling America and some places in Africa for example she lived in Cairo, Egypt for 6 years (from 1960-1966)

What she was known for:

What she was known for Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Many of her famous poems are influential and hopeful.



On Pulse of Morning by: Maya Angelou:

On Pulse of Morning by: Maya Angelou A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Marked the mastodon, The dinosaur, who left dried tokens Of their sojourn here On our planet floor, Any broad alarm of their hastening doom Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages. But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully , Come, you may stand upon my Back and face your distant destiny , But seek no haven in my shadow . I will give you no hiding place down here. You, created only a little lower than The angels, have crouched too long in The bruising darkness Have lain too long Face down in ignorance. Your mouths spilling words Armed for slaughter . The Rock cries out to us today, you may stand upon me, But do not hide your face . Across the wall of the world, A River sings a beautiful song. It says, Come, rest here by my side.


Mood I think the stanzas about the rock are very gloomy and in my opinion, hopeless, but the stanzas about the river are about all the good things in life. The tree stanzas give you influence, hope, and that you have a balance in your life but u have to keep faith in what you believe in.

Theme and Figurative Language:

Theme and Figurative Language I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree I am yours -- your passages have been paid . Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need For this bright morning dawning for you . History, despite its wrenching pain Cannot be unlived, but if faced With courage, need not be lived again . Lift up your eyes upon This day breaking for you. Give birth again To the dream. Theme: The Rock Stands for the bad things in life, the river, for good things in life, and the tree, for the balance in life, and when all together is hope. Figurative Language : the purpose in the way she uses the figurative language is to be more descriptive and give more definite meaning to what she's trying to explain.

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