Poems have been a part of our life as a unique form of arts. Poems are a medium for a poet to express their feelings and emotions. Poems are also used to spread inspirational messages or ideas towards the whole world. A great poem is when the reader feels what the author felt and could resonate with it. As time goes by, many poets are slowly rising to their fame and publishing tons of poems. Though there are a lot of new poems, certain old poems still have the relevancy of our current life. For those who are new in the poetry world, here is a list of poems written by female poets and are dedicated to the other women out there.
1. Daddy by Sylvia Plath
“Daddy” is Sylvia Plath’s most famous poem ever. Sylvia Plath was known for having some issues with her parents. The poem “Daddy” has the theme of father issues. Throughout the poem, we can see that the persona (Plath herself) is afraid of her father. She also despised her father so much that she said “Daddy I have had to kill you.” (line 6). The poem continues with Plath saying that she even hates the German language because it reminds her of her father. She never really talked to her father and she was very scared of him. The poem ended with how she’s happy that her father is dead and claimed that nobody likes her father.
The poem is aimed towards all the women who grew up with abusive fathers. The poem teaches us how we do not need to stay under an abusive person’s fingers and should break free from it. This poem is definitely worth reading, especially for those who are in the same situation.
2. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
“Still I Rise” is a classical piece of poetry by Maya Angelou. It is one of her most famous works. The poem talks about the struggles of black people, especially black women, that they have to face in their life. The poem talks about the jealousy of others toward her. The others are jealous of her looks, personality and existence. She also mentioned the bitterness of others toward her life. They want to see her fail and die. But yet at the end of the day, she will still rise.
The poem is a great motivational poem for all the black women, or even any women, out there! Maya Angelou instills the element of not giving up and staying strong in a one powerful poem. The poem is more unique as it is still relevant today despite being published in 1978.
3. Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
“Phenomenal Woman” was published in 1978 by Maya Angelou. The poem talks about how she is a woman by nature. Phenomenal Woman highlights women’s pride and confidence. The poem brings the light of individualism towards the reader. The “you have to just be yourself” message can be found implicitly in the poem. Angelou explains how phenomenally, she is just a woman so she does not have to try hard to be one. She can naturally make men bow and kneel to her presence. This also highlights the importance of self-respect and how women do not need to be desperately pleasing men.
The poem aims to tell women that they do not need to change themself for men. A woman just has to be a woman. Self-respect and confidence are important for oneself. You do not have to worry, because in the end you are a woman phenomenally. Or should I say, “Phenomenal Woman”. If you are in need of a confidence boost, this poem might be the one for you.
4. They shut me up in Prose by Emily Dickinson
As we all know, Emily Dickinson is a famous female poet who locked herself in her room until her death. She was always alone in her room, expressing her feelings through poetry. “They shut me up in Prose” is a poem written by Dickinson in her hermit life. No one really knows about why or when she exactly wrote this poem but by analysing it, you can see that she is talking about society’s standards. The poem talks about how when she was still a child and “normal”, people put her in a closet. Implying that since she is a child, people think she will turn into normal if left be alone. However, the poem drastically changes itself and said that people might have known her true self. Thus, shutting herself in Prose.
The poem illustrates the sense of individualism. It is implicitly mentioned that a girl has to be a girl. You cannot be unique or you will be shut out from society. If you feel a little bit down thinking you are weird, this poem can comfort you because you are definitely not the only one who thinks that way.
Written by: Muhammad Mustaqim Abdul Rahman