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English Language Skills:  Poetry and Maya Angelou

I first became aware of Maya Angelou, the poet who has died aged 86 at the inauguration ceremony of Bill Clinton. It is a testament to her spellbinding charisma that there is only one moment I can remember from that day:  The poem that she read to the crowd:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are an organisation that seeks to improve people's language skills and communicative ability, and while poetry is not frequently on our students' radar, we do like to show the resonance of words that artists such as Maya Angelou can use in their work as it can help to go deeper into the language.  

 

I took a look through a few of Maya Angelou's poems yesterday and found this one.  Take a look at the language and see how cleverly she wrote this, with not one word too many.  

 

 

Passing Time

Your skin like dawn

Mine like musk

 

One paints the beginning

of a certain end.

 

The other, the end of a

sure beginning.

Maya Angelou

 

 

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