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He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel laureate.   In His Day is Done, Angelou delivers an authentically heartfel He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel laureate.   In His Day is Done, Angelou delivers an authentically heartfelt and elegant tribute to Mandela, who stood as David to the mighty Goliath of Apartheid and who, after twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment on the notorious Robben Island, emerged with “His stupendous heart intact / His gargantuan will / Hale and hearty” to lead his people into a new era.   This poignant work of gratitude and remembrance offers condolences to the resilient people of South Africa on the loss of their beloved “Madiba” and celebrates a man like no other, whose life and work changed the world. Praise for His Day Is Done   “Moving and heartfelt.”—The Washington Post   “A powerful, gripping tribute.”—NewsOne   “[His Day Is Done captures] how many were feeling.”—BBC News


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He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel laureate.   In His Day is Done, Angelou delivers an authentically heartfel He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel laureate.   In His Day is Done, Angelou delivers an authentically heartfelt and elegant tribute to Mandela, who stood as David to the mighty Goliath of Apartheid and who, after twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment on the notorious Robben Island, emerged with “His stupendous heart intact / His gargantuan will / Hale and hearty” to lead his people into a new era.   This poignant work of gratitude and remembrance offers condolences to the resilient people of South Africa on the loss of their beloved “Madiba” and celebrates a man like no other, whose life and work changed the world. Praise for His Day Is Done   “Moving and heartfelt.”—The Washington Post   “A powerful, gripping tribute.”—NewsOne   “[His Day Is Done captures] how many were feeling.”—BBC News

30 review for His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This is a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died in December 2013. Maya Angelou wrote a loving poem about Mandela's grace and his influence in the world. The book includes several sepia-toned photographs of "Madiba" throughout his life, and it makes a beautiful 44-page memorial. "His day is done, Is done. The news came on the wings of a wind Reluctant to carry its burden. Nelson Mandela's day is done. The news, expected and still unwelcome, Reached us in the United States and suddenly Our world be This is a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died in December 2013. Maya Angelou wrote a loving poem about Mandela's grace and his influence in the world. The book includes several sepia-toned photographs of "Madiba" throughout his life, and it makes a beautiful 44-page memorial. "His day is done, Is done. The news came on the wings of a wind Reluctant to carry its burden. Nelson Mandela's day is done. The news, expected and still unwelcome, Reached us in the United States and suddenly Our world became somber. Our skies were leadened. His day is done. We see you, South African people, Standing speechless at the slamming Of that final door Through which no traveler returns." When Mandela was released from prison, Angelou writes that the world was watching "as the hope of Africa sprang through the prison doors." "His stupendous heart intact, His gargantuan will Hale and hearty. He had not been crippled by brutes Nor was his passion for the rights Of human beings Diminished by twenty-seven years of imprisonment. Even here in America We felt the cool Refreshing breeze of freedom When Nelson Mandela took The seat of the presidency In his country Where formerly he was not even allowed to vote." My favorite section of the poem is near the end, featuring a photograph of Mandela smiling, and the lines: "We will not forget you. We will not dishonor you. We will remember and be glad That you lived among us." The poem and photographs are a lovely tribute, but I think the book would have been improved if it had included a short biography of Mandela. I do plan on reading his autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," but I think there was a missed opportunity with Angelou's book in not including a few pages explaining Mandela's extraordinary life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin McAllister

    Who better to do a tribute to Nelson Mandela than Maya Angelou ? And in true Maya fashion, she does it with a poem. It's not by any means a long poem or book. It can be read in mere minutes because each page contains only a couple of words which are accompanied with photos of Nelson taken throughout his life. Like I said it's a short read, but I found a chill going down my spine while reading many of the pages. Give it a read for yourself. This is also the type of book that I am sure will be giv Who better to do a tribute to Nelson Mandela than Maya Angelou ? And in true Maya fashion, she does it with a poem. It's not by any means a long poem or book. It can be read in mere minutes because each page contains only a couple of words which are accompanied with photos of Nelson taken throughout his life. Like I said it's a short read, but I found a chill going down my spine while reading many of the pages. Give it a read for yourself. This is also the type of book that I am sure will be given, time and time again, as a gift. Of course Nelson Mandela's life itself, was a gift to us all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin

    It's not political or reglious or spiritual, it simply is a poem in gratitude. Although it is a tribute of thanks and although there are no labels. It is everything and simply is. The late great Maya Angelou was a wonder with the written word and the spoken word. The rhythms, the structure, the silences...all she has mastery over and it comes out here in this poem. There will not be another Nelson Mandela and there shan't be another Maya Angelou. People can carry the torches and pick up where th It's not political or reglious or spiritual, it simply is a poem in gratitude. Although it is a tribute of thanks and although there are no labels. It is everything and simply is. The late great Maya Angelou was a wonder with the written word and the spoken word. The rhythms, the structure, the silences...all she has mastery over and it comes out here in this poem. There will not be another Nelson Mandela and there shan't be another Maya Angelou. People can carry the torches and pick up where they left off, but both were unique.

  5. 5 out of 5

    kristen

    Angelou starts her tribute with this: "To all the world's citizens, who lost a friend when President Nelson Mandela died." Well said! This is a beautiful little book filled with Angelou's poem and historic photos from Mandela's life. The simple format makes this a nice addition to a classroom for many uses. Special little treasure of a book. Angelou starts her tribute with this: "To all the world's citizens, who lost a friend when President Nelson Mandela died." Well said! This is a beautiful little book filled with Angelou's poem and historic photos from Mandela's life. The simple format makes this a nice addition to a classroom for many uses. Special little treasure of a book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nour Boukhris

    *SPEECHLESS*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Very short, but passionate read. Nelson Mandela was an amazing man and inspired so many in an unjust world. While he was only one person who walked this earth and this poem did not fully express his compassion and love for the world, he made a difference in more life than he probably ever dreamed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liv Lane

    Nice tribute to Mandela's life complete with photos, but very short to be sold as an individual work. Nice tribute to Mandela's life complete with photos, but very short to be sold as an individual work.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Have always loved Maya's work. Some of it more profound than others, but NEVER a waste of time! So sad reading it because she wrote for everyone. Now, who will write with love for us all? Have always loved Maya's work. Some of it more profound than others, but NEVER a waste of time! So sad reading it because she wrote for everyone. Now, who will write with love for us all?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sayantani Dasgupta

    This book is essentially one long poem. Somehow I expected a lot more from it given its Maya Angelou's work. The two verses that will stay with me are: "We were enlarged by tears of pride As we saw Nelson Mandela's Former prison guards Invited, courteously, by him to watch From the front rows His inauguration." "He has offered us understanding. We will not withhold forgiveness Even from those who do not ask." This book is essentially one long poem. Somehow I expected a lot more from it given its Maya Angelou's work. The two verses that will stay with me are: "We were enlarged by tears of pride As we saw Nelson Mandela's Former prison guards Invited, courteously, by him to watch From the front rows His inauguration." "He has offered us understanding. We will not withhold forgiveness Even from those who do not ask."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Rating: 4.5 I really enjoyed this little book. It was very inspirational, and I loved it . Quick but I want everyone to read it !

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee G

    Short beautiful book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    V Dixon

    Tribute to Nelson Mandela by May Angelou is what one would expect from Maya Angelou as it is deep and poignant in its brevity. Include in this work is are pictures of Mandela at various stages of his life. As this is a tribute and not a retelling of his life, the poem touches on the vital points in his life of public service. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words maybe this is the reason Ms. Angelou did not feel the need to write a long poem for Mandela. At this day and this Tribute to Nelson Mandela by May Angelou is what one would expect from Maya Angelou as it is deep and poignant in its brevity. Include in this work is are pictures of Mandela at various stages of his life. As this is a tribute and not a retelling of his life, the poem touches on the vital points in his life of public service. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words maybe this is the reason Ms. Angelou did not feel the need to write a long poem for Mandela. At this day and this hour, his death is still fresh enough for this poem to have validity and touch the reader deeply but will it have that affect in a few years? Only time will tell but for at least the foreseeable future Mandela will be remembered as all the lovely things highlighted by Maya's poem or should I say by the citizens of the United States poem as commissioned by the Department of State. My favorite part of this poem is the title, "His Day is Done." If you couple this title with the song title "Well Done," especially if you are familiar with the words in "Well Done" where it says "Well done my good and faithful servant well done." With this combination, Mandela had nothing left to complete as he had done the job he was born to perform and was called home so it is true, "His Day is Done."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Maya Angelou brought poetry back into my life through her undeniably moving inaugural work "On The Pulse Of Morning" presented during President William Jefferson Clinton's inauguration in January 1993. She passed away this summer (July 2014) and her absence has already created an unfillable whole in the cultural fabric of America. His Day Is Done may well be the last of her works to be written and published before her death. It is a tribute to Nelson Mandela, another of this world's heroes, who Maya Angelou brought poetry back into my life through her undeniably moving inaugural work "On The Pulse Of Morning" presented during President William Jefferson Clinton's inauguration in January 1993. She passed away this summer (July 2014) and her absence has already created an unfillable whole in the cultural fabric of America. His Day Is Done may well be the last of her works to be written and published before her death. It is a tribute to Nelson Mandela, another of this world's heroes, who passed away in December of 2013. There is only one word I have to describe this work: magnificent. I can think of absolutely no good reason why this poem cannot and should not be incorporated into the education of all children everywhere. It most certainly could and should replace the rote memorization of Joyce Kilmer's "Trees"*- a piece that I still cannot truly forget though it is more than four decades since I was forced to memorize and repeat it. *Joyce Kilmer, "Trees" http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetr... retrieved 21 September 2014.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ramyaa Gobi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Honestly, I only read this book because it was Maya Angelou. I mean, who can write a poem about Mandela better than her? Its a poem filled with pure gratitude, there isn't any politics, race or religion involved. Maya starts by saying "To all the world's citizens, who lost a friend when President Nelson Mandela died." This one sentence says a lot. The whole book is written in Maya Angelou style, humble and subtle. Its not sugar coated, the whole thing is just put out there for us to read. Its sh Honestly, I only read this book because it was Maya Angelou. I mean, who can write a poem about Mandela better than her? Its a poem filled with pure gratitude, there isn't any politics, race or religion involved. Maya starts by saying "To all the world's citizens, who lost a friend when President Nelson Mandela died." This one sentence says a lot. The whole book is written in Maya Angelou style, humble and subtle. Its not sugar coated, the whole thing is just put out there for us to read. Its shortness is what I really like. The whole thing, though a poetry, says a lot. It took me less than 10 minutes to read it but it still moved me. She quotes Mandela throughout the book. "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use in the world" was written in one of her first pages. It is truly a book filled with element and must be read by everyone!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    A Nice Tribute to Nelson Mandela A beautiful tribute to the beloved Nelson Mandela. Now here's a leader and a man capable of uniting a nation. His methods however were not always acceptable but his heart and his passion were genuine and never self-serving...to end apartheid. Current leaders could learn from him. If you have interest in Nelson Mandela there are other books about him and his life or see the movie Invictus for the real guy. Only a three rating because there just wasn't enough here a A Nice Tribute to Nelson Mandela A beautiful tribute to the beloved Nelson Mandela. Now here's a leader and a man capable of uniting a nation. His methods however were not always acceptable but his heart and his passion were genuine and never self-serving...to end apartheid. Current leaders could learn from him. If you have interest in Nelson Mandela there are other books about him and his life or see the movie Invictus for the real guy. Only a three rating because there just wasn't enough here about this great man.

  18. 5 out of 5

    VerJean

    This is a poem in book form. Since it was an elibrary book check-out, I'm adding it to Goodreads listing - where I can easily remember it. Read this just days after Ms. Angelou passed away. What can I say, but an extremely powerful tribute to Mandela. A substantial loss to humanity in both their passings. This is a poem in book form. Since it was an elibrary book check-out, I'm adding it to Goodreads listing - where I can easily remember it. Read this just days after Ms. Angelou passed away. What can I say, but an extremely powerful tribute to Mandela. A substantial loss to humanity in both their passings.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fauziyyah

    He has offered us understanding. We will not withhold forgiveness. Even from those who do not ask. Nelson Mandela's day is done. We confess it in tearful voices Yet we lift our own to say: Thank you. It was beautiful. Very good, indeed. If only I could have more. He has offered us understanding. We will not withhold forgiveness. Even from those who do not ask. Nelson Mandela's day is done. We confess it in tearful voices Yet we lift our own to say: Thank you. It was beautiful. Very good, indeed. If only I could have more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Given the short amount of time in which this poem had to be written, I guess I understand why it's not as deep or complex as other works by Angelou. However, I'm just disappointed because for a U.S. State Department commission, and a work to commemorate the honorable Nelson Mandela, it is short and simplistic. Mandela's grand and far-reaching work has to speak for itself. Given the short amount of time in which this poem had to be written, I guess I understand why it's not as deep or complex as other works by Angelou. However, I'm just disappointed because for a U.S. State Department commission, and a work to commemorate the honorable Nelson Mandela, it is short and simplistic. Mandela's grand and far-reaching work has to speak for itself.

  21. 4 out of 5

    John

    One of Maya Angelou's finest poems. She brought her A-game. I hope if you have heard and/or seen the video tribute, I highly recommend reading the words with your own voice. The book edition is also very nice and has some lovely images of Mandela. I really enjoyed this poem. One of Maya Angelou's finest poems. She brought her A-game. I hope if you have heard and/or seen the video tribute, I highly recommend reading the words with your own voice. The book edition is also very nice and has some lovely images of Mandela. I really enjoyed this poem.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Maya Angelou is always a favorite, and so is Nelson Mandela so this short book was a win for me no matter what. I loved her poem, and it was nothing short of what I expected from the great poet and novelist that is Ms. Angelou.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Holloman

    I saw this book on the shelf in my library and immediately picked it up. Even though I thought there was going to be more to it, it was a quick and easy read. A beautifully written poem by Maya Angelou, it paid great tribute to such a wonderful and inspirational man. RIP Nelson Mandela.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deniz

    Good job, America. You managed to make the live and death of South Africa's national hero about yourself. When I think you cannot get your head more in your ass. If someone did this to our(Turkey's) national hero Atatürk, I would be much much more pissed. Good job, America. You managed to make the live and death of South Africa's national hero about yourself. When I think you cannot get your head more in your ass. If someone did this to our(Turkey's) national hero Atatürk, I would be much much more pissed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Huwae

    A small book, in terms of page numbers. It is hard not to swept away by the beauty of Angelou's words, let alone when she writes poems dedicated for Nelson Mandela. One of my fave lines; Never withhold forgiveness, even for those who do not ask. A small book, in terms of page numbers. It is hard not to swept away by the beauty of Angelou's words, let alone when she writes poems dedicated for Nelson Mandela. One of my fave lines; Never withhold forgiveness, even for those who do not ask.

  26. 4 out of 5

    KYS

    This is beautiful and it made me tear up. As beautiful as anything.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A simple loving tribute.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Msladydeborah

    Maya Angelou pays poetic tribute to Nelson Mandela in word and pictures that span the course of his life time. It is a beautiful memorial to Mandela's life on all levels. Maya Angelou pays poetic tribute to Nelson Mandela in word and pictures that span the course of his life time. It is a beautiful memorial to Mandela's life on all levels.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    A wonderful tribute in poetry and photographs. A book to keep.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Angelou's poem expresses the deep sense of loss we all felt upon losing Mandela, as well as the reverence we all felt for the great man. Angelou's poem expresses the deep sense of loss we all felt upon losing Mandela, as well as the reverence we all felt for the great man.

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