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I know why the caged bird sings Analysis



Author: Poetry of Maya Angelou Type: Poetry Views: 2037

A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

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what is the literary devices use in this poem which related to its title? plz help me///

| Posted on 2012-05-20 | by a guest


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This poem is not about blacks versus whites.
It\'s about people who are free because no one attacked them.
No one robbed them
They have it easy, they have their souls and all they need.
It\'s about people who aren\'t free because they were attacked; their spirits crushed and replaced with rage.
Instead of being loved they were hated.
The things they\'ve never known are the things that make loved people\'s life worth living.
Love, respect, being valued.
They want their wings back, the wings they were born with, they don\'t know how to get them back.

| Posted on 2012-05-02 | by a guest


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This poem is not about blacks versus whites.
It\'s about people who are free because no one attacked them.
No one robbed them
They have it easy, they have their souls and all they need.
It\'s about people who aren\'t free because they were attacked; their spirits crushed and replaced with rage.
Instead of being loved they were hated.
The things they\'ve never known are the things that make loved people\'s life worth living.
Love, respect, being valued.
They want their wings back, the wings they were born with, they don\'t know how to get them back.

| Posted on 2012-05-02 | by a guest


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very interesting im in 9 th not so liking it though 7 out of 10.

| Posted on 2012-04-26 | by a guest


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Wow! I have loved reading the thoughts of those interpreting \"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.\" I have a somewhat different take on the poem. I also agree in part this poem speaks about racial inequalities; however I also think Maya was writing about her being sexually molested at the age of 3. I feel her pain in not being about to do any more but dream of greater days ahead. In fact, she did reach her dreams and actually soared way beyond her wildest dreams. Thanks,

| Posted on 2012-04-08 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-09-30 | by a guest


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\"The spelling and grammar is correct so whoever posted that about the grammar being wrong your wrong.\"
*you\'re. Sorry, I had to.

| Posted on 2011-05-23 | by a guest


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\"The spelling and grammar is correct so whoever posted that about the grammar being wrong your x I had to.

| Posted on 2011-05-23 | by a guest


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eshays lad. shanks 4 da h3lp guise!
lulz.
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The entire poem is an extended metaphor of the racial segregation present in society. The caged bird symbolizes the oppression and suffering of black society. Whilst the free bird symbolizes the ideal society: one of freedom and free of prejudice. The caged bird\'s song represents the sustaining hope of achieving this society.

| Posted on 2011-05-23 | by a guest


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Please do not stop posting random stuff about Shinichis. Your post will be marked as spam and reported to the administrator

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest


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the message of the poem is touch shinichi\'s fats and lick an elbow then scratch a camel\'s nose or a donkey\'s ear

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest


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This poem rocks! Introduced to me by my best friend, Shinichi. This poem is very meaningful and is so true!

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest


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This poem talks about the two birds, one which is white (free) and one who is black (caged). The blacks are treated like slaves and the whites are very privileged

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest


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This is a contrast between a black man and a black women.
This is about gender. The man being the free bird and the women being the caged bird.

| Posted on 2011-04-29 | by a guest


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I think that the \"clipped wings\" symbolizes the lack of privilages and opportunities that the African Americans had.

| Posted on 2011-04-12 | by a guest


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amazing! It shows the way whites are free and the blacks are caged in, and that also means that blacks have no rights, and whites do.

| Posted on 2011-04-11 | by a guest


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Amazing people. These are incredible responses and have really helped me understand. Keep it up!

| Posted on 2011-03-30 | by a guest


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the caged bird is like a black person who wants freedom while the free bird is like a white person who is free.

| Posted on 2011-03-07 | by a guest


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I realize that the speaker was drawning on her own life when she wrote this but do not think to mutual excessive it to racism she wrote it for any oppresion that we face and do long to be free of

| Posted on 2011-03-05 | by a guest


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I am writting an assessment for an english exam, and thi was the best possible source of understanding this poem. Thanks a lot!, JFGMF.

| Posted on 2011-03-05 | by a guest


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Although it seem like there is no hope for the caged bird, it still dares to sing. The caged bird sees what is on the outside of the cage, and longs for it. It hopes to escape the cage, and in a society point of view, the cage is our societal prejudices between blacks and whites. The free bird takes things for advantage, while the caged bird does not know of the outside world, but hopes for it anyway.

| Posted on 2011-02-27 | by a guest


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thank you to most people who wrote good things and for those who really understood the poem,first i didn\'t quiet understand myself ,but the comments really helped
so thank you and i really learned to love this poem,
but i wish she sang it as a song as well,then i would have been able to listen to it as well.
so anyway , thanks

| Posted on 2011-02-23 | by a guest


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thank you to most people who wrote good things and for those who really understood the poem,first i didn\'t quiet understand myself ,but the comments really helped
so thank you and i really learned to love this poem,
but i wish she sang it as a song as well,then i would have been able to listen to it as well.
so anyway , thanks

| Posted on 2011-02-23 | by a guest


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i love these poem becaus exprres how the black and white people fell, and if you have a bird let it fre !1 xD

| Posted on 2011-01-30 | by a guest


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The spelling and grammar is correct so whoever posted that about the grammar being wrong your wrong.

| Posted on 2010-10-27 | by a guest


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i love this poem because maya angelou has clearly explained as to what were the differences between the two races .

| Posted on 2010-09-08 | by a guest


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When it is discussed about how 'his wings are clipped' it could suggest how black people have been 'clipped' to suit white society standards, even though it is restricting.
When you read the first stanza, its quite awkward as the sentence is long and separeated at awkward points - which could suggest that while white people have a lot more freedom it might not always run smoothly. It could also be a vision of the caged bird's dreams, but unfortunately they do not fit together correctly due to its circumstances.

| Posted on 2010-06-22 | by a guest


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this poem is beautiful, i feel as though the caged bird is singing to me. if the world knew this poem, would there be any disharmony?

| Posted on 2010-05-18 | by a guest


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I beleive that this poem describes the struggles of African Americans as they were forced into slavery. The "caged bird's" sining represents the Africans singing their traditional tribal songs; which eventually evolved into music we listen to today such as jazz or scat. The poet Maya Angelou describes the struggles endured by these people as they were mistreated by their "owners". In the last section of the poem it says: "but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill", possibly being a reference to the begginings of the civil rights movement.

| Posted on 2010-05-12 | by a guest


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I think she is saying from any races' point of view beacause segregation is everywhere!!!

| Posted on 2010-04-25 | by a guest


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Maya Angelou is a great poet. I love all her poems and I think that this poem is just the very best. It shows of the human race and how we treat one another because of our skin color. It is truly amazing. :)

| Posted on 2010-04-07 | by a guest


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Maya Angelou is a great poet. I love all her poems and I think that this poem is just the very best. It shows of the human race and how we treat one another because of our skin color. It is truly amazing. :)

| Posted on 2010-04-07 | by a guest


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Maya Angelou is a great poet. I love all her poems and I think that this poem is just the very best. It shows of the human race and how we treat one another because of our skin color. It is truly amazing. :)

| Posted on 2010-04-07 | by a guest


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i reeelli like this poem. its like so interesting! i have to do a assiment and i have to pik a poem and one of the questions is why is the title relevant to the poem. uhhh i dont really get it, could someone tell me the answer? plzplzplz, the assiment is due soon. i would reeellii apresiate the help! XD

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest


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Why does the caged bird sing? Someone says that the "caged bird" is hopeless....but that is not true! He sings a song....a song of hope, a song of freedom. This is to symbolize that while much has been taken away, you have not taken my voice, and you can not take away my voice. I can still sing...I can still say what I want to say...I can still be heard!! As long as I have a voice, I have hope for freedom someday...and if freedom never comes....I still have a voice!!!
-Mrs. Tall

| Posted on 2010-02-24 | by a guest


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I think Maya Angelou has written a > very lovely poem about "I know why the Caged Bird Sings", i had to choose a poem about a poet and write about the poem so i decided to choose this poem by Maya Angelou because i understood it!
silvermist

| Posted on 2010-01-13 | by a guest


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I think Maya Angelou has written a > very lovely poem about "I know why the Caged Bird Sings", i had to choose a poem about a poet and write about the poem so i decided to choose this poem by Maya Angelou because i understood it!

| Posted on 2010-01-13 | by a guest


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this poem is no doubt truely amazing..
but every one is missing the part where maya says
"But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing."
reading this i felt the pain. i think that by this the caged bird as in the blacks are in deep misery they had there dreams but now they are as close to bury them alive and them selves ready to let go and die. they want to scream out loud and they are but for some reason there voice is not herd properly there rights are all clipped up like a birds wings and feet are but still Alas! haven't lost hope completely as yet and are still striving and fighting for there rights they hope that someday they will be herd and today they finally are the caged bird once is now free!

| Posted on 2010-01-13 | by a guest


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Weather you were in the past, or in the present now, you most likely know about racial segregation. Maya Angelou’s poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is a good representation of this. It’s the separation between the colors of people’s skin in everyday life. Those things include racial signs such as drinking fountains, theaters, and bus stations. Though it is not as bad as it used to be it still occurs. “Angelou’s words speak out to an all African American audience to relate to, understand, and share the feelings of oppression and segregation, and feelings of jealousy toward the white race. Maya Angelou also speaks to an audience of mixed races many of us can identify with her voice,” (Paula). The reader should notice that she is not just talking about a bird, however the way she wrote it makes it seem that way. The poem represents racial issues through the use of a bird, the reader should see this because she uses metaphors throughout and she talks about a caged bird and a free one.
Angelou has a great way of using metaphors throughout her poem. The poem itself is a metaphor for enslaved African Americans. In the opening lines of the poem, Angelou compares the “wind” to being like a creature that can hold a bird on its back. She also compares it to a “flowing stream of water, with that being said, the wind represents “the white tradition in history, and white race superior to black,” (Vicki). “Breeze” and “fat worms” demonstrate that most of the white society cares more about their wealth and very little about the black community's oppression, and also represents hope and opportunity for the free bird (white race) to name the world as his own. “His wings are clipped and his feet are tired,” represent the advantages that whites have over blacks due to their skin color. The metaphor overall shows that the free bird has that advantage, but the caged bird stands, leaps out on faith, and it came to pass that the caged bird sings of freedom at the end.
In her poem, the caged bird represents the black race and the free bird represents the white race. “A caged bird can be interpreted as the black race being held back from freedom by their own skin color. The free bird is the white race retaining freedom and their aversion toward blacks,” (Vicki).

| Posted on 2009-11-28 | by a guest


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i think this poem tells me the right other people have n how its similar to someone in a cage.
and that how some people till this day is struggling to be free and be able to have a right.
this poem really means alot to me

| Posted on 2009-11-24 | by a guest




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