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I Shall Not Be Moved: Poems Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Angelou's poems embrace opposite poles: the laughter of old folks who "generously forgive life for happening to them," and the "helpless hope" on the faces of starving children. Though she can be directly political, as in a stinging letter to "These Yet to Be United States," more often, a political dimension emerges naturally from ordinary lives observed with keen irony ("Even minimal people can't survive on minimal wage"). Angelou's themes include loss of love and youth, human oneness in diversity, the strength of blacks in the face of racism and adversity. The book's title is also the refrain of "Our Grandmothers," a moving history poem about the struggles of black women. Some of these lyrics are free-form, while others use conventional rhyme and meter to good effect. Angelou ( I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ) writes with poise and grace. Author tour.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Angelou speaks eloquently of black life, unfolding a significant history in poems that are highly controlled and yet powerful: "She lay, skin down on the moist dirt,/ the canebrake rustling/ with the whispers of leaves, and/ loud longing of hounds and/ the ransack of hunters crackling the near branches." Here, the language is precise and filled with imagery. Like Gwendolyn Brooks, Angelou's poems are sparsely written while still revealing painful truths to the reader: "She stands/ before the abortion clinic,/ confounded by the lack of choices./ In the Welfare line,/ reduced to the pity of handouts." An important new collection from one of the most distinctive writers at work today.
- Lenard D. Moore, Writer-in-Residence, Wake Cty. Arts Council, N . C .
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553354582
  • Publisher: Random House (August 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EGXT0S
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Maya Angelou has been waitress, singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer and mother. As well as her autobiography she has written several volumes of poetry, including 'On the Pulse of the Morning' for the inauguration of President Clinton. She now has a life-time appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christina Packard on November 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou
Is a collection of forty-eight pages of poems. I know little of Maya. Even the small exposure I have had to a few of her writings leaves me wanting to know more about what she is saying. I found this book of poems a new experience not only to feel her glowing smile and personality while feeling the movement of her lyrics, but also to try and see through her eyes items of importance. In her poem Me and My Work, I found I need to understand more than I already do. The last couple lines are.....
"Yet the only thing I really don't need
is strangers' sympathy.
That's someone else's word for caring."
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I have read every poem in this collection at least 50 times, no exateration, and they are great. One of these poems, Equailty, I have used for a high school poetry thesis, I made an "A". Even though this collection is from 1990 it is still update!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jarred Ward on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The poems are written beautifully and strike a chord with thiose looking for a deep meaning to life.

Must read, will be getting her other books!
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Format: Paperback
Maya Angelou is by far one of the greatest poet/writer of our generation. Her works always define her personal experiences in life which consistently redefines her abilities to stay in touch with any audience. This book shows every shade of living from the heart and minds of laborers to struggling single mothers. Angelou's tone continues to address real issues that challenges us today in America and the world. What a true experienced and talented writer that is missed. She is definitely a motivation to my works. This is why I dedicated a poem to her in my book. She reflects the heart and wisdom of any poet.

Stone Michaels, Author of Defining Atlas
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By Viewer214 on November 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If your reading this review right now you've got to be insane. In every book or poem Maya Angelou writes all characters are REAL and everything she says is amazing. Reading her books, poems, novels, etc. would make you want to eat 1000 chocolate butterflies and I mean who doesn't like chocolate or butterflies? Anything and everything Maya Angelou says catches anyone's attention. Why not read her books?
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