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What we can all learn from Maya Angelou’s strong writing

An earlier post that leaps fences and gracefully and graciously illuminates the power of verbs and parallel structure.

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You’ve probably noticed, since Maya Angelou’s death on May 28 – social media is awash  and alive with her famous inspiring quotes and wonderful words.


Two of the reasons her quotes are so strong are:

1. her powerful parallel structure

2. her powerful repetition

As a word nerd and political speech writer (and lover of the poetry or persuasion) – I’ll share with you some tips so you too can express yourself in the strong. memorable “MA Way”

Parallel structure is when you write lines that are similar and parallel in word structure – the same types of words in similar order.

Here’s a Maya Angelou example:


If I present her words like this, you can see the parallel structure – each “line” starting with a powerful verb – confuses, threatens renders  – all in the same tense.

Then there is the parallel expression of the past, the future, the…

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