Her style with poetry shows Angelou's command of both Standardized English and African American English.
Standard, or Standardized, English is the common accepted form of written and spoken English, both formal and informal.
She wrote, ''Determined to raise him, I had worked as a shake dancer in nightclubs, fry cook in hamburger joints, dinner cook in a Creole restaurant and once had a job in a mechanic's shop, taking paint off cars with my hands.'' Later, she details her time as a prostitute.
This frank telling of desperate times provides the reader with an intimate look into Angelou's experiences.
Try it risk-free Born in 1928 in Missouri, Maya Angelou was one of the most prolific authors of the 20th century.
Angelou was an author of prose, poetry, and screenplays.
Angelou's style has many similarities in her poetry and her prose.
In both, she used a direct, conversational voice, inviting readers to share in her stories and her secrets.
Although Angelou wrote of her actual experiences growing up and living as a black girl and a black woman in the American South, she also connected her experiences to those of all black women dealing with racism, sexism, and isolation.
After Angelou wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she would go on to write five other autobiographies.