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For this forum, we will focus on one of the poems by the remarkable cultural icon Maya Angelou. Please read the poem, "Touched by an Angel," both literally and figuratively (symbolically):

We, unaccustomed to courageexiles from delight,live coiled in shells of lonelinessuntil love leaves its high holy templeand comes into our sightto liberate us into life.

Love arrivesand in its train come ecstasiesold memories of pleasureancient histories of pain.Yet if we are bold,love strikes away the chains of fearfrom our souls.

We are weaned from our timidityIn the flush of love's lightwe dare be braveAnd suddenly we seethat love costs all we areand will ever be.Yet it is only lovewhich sets us free.


For your your answer, consider the themes of love, religion/God/Angels, fear, loneliness, ecstasy(religious or worldly), and freedom. Evaluate her language in a literal sense but also in symbolic terms. Do the line/stanza breaks and the rhythm and rhyme help to convey a feeling/tone or message/meaning? Please remember to apply the poem's meaning to your own life and the world around you!

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