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I know why the caged bird sings- Poetry Analysis

cayetano burbano, sebastian martinez, manuela darquea
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Manuela Darquea

on 13 December 2013

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Transcript of I know why the caged bird sings- Poetry Analysis

I know why the caged bird sings
Title
The author tries to emphasize the importance of liberty. To a caged bird, liberty is very important. The only liberty he has while he is imprisoned, is to sing.
Paraphrase
A free bird flies and enjoys flying with the wind. A caged bird does not have freedom and is imprisoned between the bars. He cannot fly,so he sings. The caged bird sings about freedom because he cannot fly. The free bird can do whatever he wants, he has food and feels like the sky belongs to him. The caged bird dreams but cannot have his dreams come true and just sings. The caged bird sings about freedom because he cannot fly.
Connotation
Positive
Attitude
Depressed
: "the grave of dreams"
Melancholic
:"nightmare scream"; "grave of dreams"
Pathetic:
"his wings are clipped and his hands are tied"
-Free
-Sing
-Freedom
-Dreams
Negative
-Rage
-Tied
-Fearful
-Caged
-Grave
-Shadow
-Shadow
-Nightmare
-Scream
-Unknown
Theme

The theme is the suffering ofAfrican Americans and the contrast of slavery versus freedom.
By Sebastian Martinez
Cayetano Burbano
Manuela Darquea
Author: Maya Angelou
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.
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 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.
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.
Symbolism
Imagery
Figurative Language
Tone
The caged bird symbolizes the people from the black race that were discriminated by the white society who is symbolized by the free bird.

The cliped wings and tied feet symbolize the disadvantage black people had because us their skin color.
The breeze symbolizes, the hope black people feel that this situation changes someday.
The downstream also symbolizes the common belief that the people with white skin are superior
Downstream "and floats downstream"
Sun rays of the sun "and dips his wings in the orange sun rays"
Small cage "down his narrow cage"
The author uses words to represent another
Free bird - white people
back of the wind - common thought that the white race is superior
bars of rage - anger black people felt
Things unkon but longed for still - what would the world be like if blacks had the same rights as whits?
caged bird singing - black people protesting
The tone of this poems is reflective and critical because it compares the situation of the black people to the one of the white people. The poem transmits the ideas that this situation is unfair
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