A study of Maya Angelou’s life and an analysis of her poem Africa.
This paper examines the life of national poet Maya Angelou and her poem Africa. The author writes that Angelou’s books are all autobiographical in their perspective and insight from her life experiences. The paper notes many works of Angelou, and analyzes her poem “Africa” in detail. The paper describes that it portrays Africa as a beautiful woman.
“Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. Her name was Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her brother Bailey gave her the nickname “Maya,” for “My” and “my sister.” Maya’s mother, Vivian Baxter, was a nurse and card dealer; her father, Bailey Johnson Sr., was a doorman and also a dietitian or meal adviser for the navy. They had a difficult marriage that ended in divorce and in their subsequent inability to deal with their young children.”