The Words of Great Women
What is it with women and words? Stats say we speak about 20,000 words a day, compare that to men, who mumble a mere 7,000! I mean sure, we can chat an ear off, easy, but you’ve got to admit, we can be quite convincing at times. What’s most important is that we always find a way to speak our minds, and that’s one trait to really be proud of!
In honor of National Poetry Month, we’d like to utter a few excerpts from some of the greatest women writers in history. Lend us your ears, and we’ll lend you some wisdom!
Although they are
only breath, words
which I command
-Sappho, “Although They Are”
Leave it to Sappho to breathe immortality into our voices!
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
-Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman”
Oh, Maya Angelou, the Beyoncé of poetry.
I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.
A girl gets sick of a rose.
-Gwendolyn Brooks, “A Song in the Front Yard”
Brooks, finding beauty in the untamed.
Angelic Woman! past my power to praise
In Language meet, thy Talents, Temper, mind.
Thy solid Worth, they captivating Grace!–
Thou friend and ornament of Humankind!—
-Jane Austen, “To the Memory of Mrs. Lefroy…”
A birthday without your gal pals is not much of a birthday at all!
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.
-Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
And finally, our beloved Plath brings consciousness to the rhythm of our existence.