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Transcript of Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou—author, poet, playwright, stage and screen performer, and director—is best known for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970), the story of her early life, which recalls a young African American woman's discovery of her self-confidence.
I know why the caged bird sing
April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014
African - American
Place of birth:
Touched by an angel
Maya Angelou Biography
we think before read the poem that the bird sings because he is happy, but in this poem the bird sings for freedom, for help, he lost his freedom and is losing his dreams.
The poem written by Maya Angelou "i know why the caged bird sings" is a reference to real life illustrated by birds. The caged bird is like us prisoners into society by racism singing for freedom.
Angelou had a difficult childhood.
Her parents split up when she was very young, and she and her older brother, Bailey, were sent to live with their father's mother, Anne Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas.
As an African American, Angelou experienced firsthand racial prejudices and discrimination in Arkansas.
She also suffered at the hands of a family associate around the age of 7: During a visit with her mother, Angelou was raped by her mother's boyfriend. Then, as vengeance for the sexual assault, Angelou's uncles killed the boyfriend. So traumatized by the experience, Angelou stopped talking. She returned to Arkansas and spent years as a virtual mute.
During World War II, Angelou moved to San Francisco, California, where she won a scholarship to study dance and acting at the California Labor School.
Also during this time, Angelou became the first black female cable car conductor—a job she held only briefly, in San Francisco.
In 1944, a 16-year-old Angelou gave birth to a son, Guy (a short-lived high school relationship had led to the pregnancy), thereafter working a number of jobs to support herself and her child.
In 1952, the future literary icon wed Anastasios Angelopulos, a Greek sailor from whom she took her professional name—a blend of her childhood nickname, "Maya," and a shortened version of his surname.
"Touched by an angel" was written by Maya Angelou, First of all,I looked at the title of the poem,just from the title itself, I could hypothesize a lot of things.First I thought that the tone might be the angelic and the clam.And the second, I could figure out the mean idea of the poem----It's talks about the angels.
The title give us an idea of family and like any family we have our differences and our equalities so we need to stop and observe around us.
The poem "Human family" written by Maya Angelou shows us how us humans just note how different we are in our habits, customs, culture and even in our skin tone and can not see how similar we are.
Throughout of the poem ,Angelou uses personification,and she lends human qualities to the word “love”. She depicts love as a coming-of-age experience in the life of person.
In 1951, Angelou married Greek electrician, former sailor, and aspiring musician Tosh Angelos, despite the condemnation of interracial relationships at the time and the disapproval of her mother.
After Angelou's marriage ended in 1954, she danced professionally in clubs around San Francisco, including the nightclub the Purple Onion, where she sang and danced to calypso music.
Angelou met novelist John Oliver Killens in 1959 and, at his urging, moved to New York to concentrate on her writing career.
In 1960, after meeting civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and hearing him speak, she and Killens organized "the legendary" Cabaret for Freedom to benefit the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and she was named SCLC's Northern Coordinator.
Maya Angelou uses hyperbole and alliteration to call the reader's attention
ailed upon the
topped in every land,
I've seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.
rhyme occuring within a sentence
repeating of lines or words
last two stanzas - "we are more like, my friends than we are unlike"
Maya Angelou use exaggeration
to emphasize the bird pain
The occurrence of an identical sound at the ends of two or more words.
"But the caged bird that stands on the graves of dreams, his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream."