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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

A prezi for Ms. Kimball
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Niamh Barrett

on 6 June 2013

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Transcript of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Poem About the Author The Meaning of the Poem I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings 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 leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky. -Niamh -Niamh By:
Maya
Angelou Presentation by:
Niamh Barrett,
Talia Heimanson,
and
Riley Larson 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. -Riley The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the 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
an 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. -Riley -Talia But a caged bird stand on the grave of dreams
his shadows shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing. -Talia This poem means that there are two birds. One is trapped in a cage, and the other bird is free and flying in the sky. The bird in the cage represents an African American person. The free bird represents a white person. Maya Angelou The poem is meaning segregation between an African American person and a White person. - one of the most influential voices of our time Maya is explaining the feelings of discrimination, and segregation. This poem describes how she was the bird that was trapped and unable to have freedom. The caged bird is like the black race being held back from freedom by their skin color. - celebrated poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist The worms and the breeze represents hope and opportunity. In this poem, it is repeated that "his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing". This means that even though this bird is trapped and in a cage, it still has hope. The bird will continue to not give up. It sings about the hope of things that will come, not of happiness. -Born April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri - raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas -scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School -dropped out age 14, became San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor - served on two presidential committees - first book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings published in 1970 -Starred on many television shows and films Break It Down - received over 30 honorary degrees Connections - Still alive at age 85 Stanza #1 Text to text: The Help also is about racial discrimination
and the segegation. The free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wings

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky. Text to World: Not only in the 1960's african-americans didn't have rights, but in some countries, men have more rights than women, such as education. Personification. Wind can't have a back. To take. Stanza #3 Until. Flowing water or air. In this case air. Stanza #6 Text to the Past: During the 1000's Christians had more rights than Jews. People would actually blame the Jews for something that wasn't anyone's fault, such as the Plague. 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. Stanza #2 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. To sing or play with a vibrato effect. To happen. Personification; Bars can't feel rage Prepositional Phrase The caged bird sings

with fearful trill

of the things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill for the caged bird

sings of freedom. Prepositional Phrase to walk with measured or stiff strides Prepositional Phrase to sing or play with a vibrato effect Prepositional Phase has hope Thanks for watching!
Hope you enjoyed! By:
Niamh Barrett,
Talia Heimanson,
and
Riley Larson It is the only thing he has left to do Hyperbole; they aren't actually clipped or tied to happen prepositional phrase Rarely; not often But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream Stanza #4 his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. negative mood 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. Stanza #5 Metaphor Constant easterly winds that take over most of the tropics and subtropics personification; shadows can't shout personification; nightmares can't shout Personification; trees do not sigh repetition with stanza #2 the bird tries again Sunrise Sets mood and setting of stanza Worms waiting for the bird to eat them Prep. Phrase Prep. phrase Prep. phrase Prep. phrase Prep. phrase prepositional phrase prepositional phrase prepositional phrase
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