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Caged Bird- Poetry Analysis

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Transcript of Caged Bird- Poetry Analysis

BIRD
CAGED
BY
MAYA
ANGELOU
CAITLIN FERA
KEEGAN HALL
ABOUT
THE POEM
WRITTEN IN 1969
FEATURED IN THE AUTHOR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY
A METAPHOR FOR HER LIFE
THEMES- RACISM, SEXISM AND POVERTY
MAYA ANGELOU
HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY, WRITTEN IN 1969
ABOUT
THE AUTHOR
BORN APRIL 4TH, 1928
BORN MARGUERITE ANNIE JOHNSON
MARRIED GREEK ELECTRICIAN TOSH ANGELOS, THEN DIVORCED
WROTE 5 POETRY COLLECTIONS
DIED MAY 28, 2014
BY
AND
^ANGELOU READING HER POEM AT THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT CLINTON.
STANZA 1.
A 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.
CONNOTATION
SHOWS THE CONTRAST BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE AMERICANS
FREE BIRD
CAGED BIRD
BLACK
WHITE
ANALOGY
The orange sun rays represent the blisses in life
"The sky" is an analogy for various things- whether it be the world, life or opportunities
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
CONNOTATION
HIS WINGS ARE CLIPPED AND HIS FEET ARE TIED
REPRESENTS THE CONSTRICTION AND STRUGGLE SHE EXPERIENCED AS A BLACK WOMAN
CONNOTATION
(CONTINUED)
REPRESENTS HER STANDING UP FOR HER RIGHTS AND FOR FREEDOM.
STANZA 3.
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.
DICTION
"FEARFUL"
"TRILL"
"UNKNOWN"
"LONGED FOR"
GIVES THE STANZA A CAUTIOUS, OPPRESSED ATMOSPHERE
METAPHOR
"HIS TUNE IS HEARD ON THE
DISTANT HILL"
A METAPHOR THAT EXPRESSES THAT THE BIRD'S SONG HAS BEEN SPREAD FAR AND WIDE
STANZA 4.
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
IAMB
BUILDS A PACE, RATHER LIKE RUNNING
SUGGESTIVE TO THE FACT THAT THE FREE BIRD IS UNCONSTRAINED, UNLIKE THE CAGED BIRD
ADJECTIVES
"SIGHING TREES"
"THE TRADE WINDS, SOFT"
"DAWN BRIGHT LAWN"
EMPHASISES THE LUXURY IN WHCH THE FREE BIRD LIVES
STANZA 5.
BUT THE 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.
REPETITION
REPETITION OF "HIS WINGS ARE CLIPPED AND HIS FEET ARE TIED, SO HE OPENS HIS THROAT TO SING
THE CAGED BIRD WILL NOT GIVE UP
METAPHOR
"GRAVE OF DREAMS" SIGNIFIES THE CAGED BIRD'S DEFEAT IN ITS FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
STANZA 6.
THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
WITH A FEARFUL TRILL
FOR THINGS UNNOWN
BUT LONGED FOR STILL
AND HIS TUNE IS HEARD
ON THE DISTANT HILL
FOR THE CAGED BIRD SINGS OF FREEDOM.
ALLEGORY
AFTER ALL THE HARDSHIPS OF THE CAGED BIRD, IT ENDED UP WHERE IT STARTED
F O
I L
THE TWO BIRDS BOTH SHARE A SAME TRAIT- FREEDOM
ONE HAS IT, BUT DOES NOT APPRECIATE IT, THE OTHER LONGS FOR IT AND APPRECIATES IT
BIBLIOGRAPHY
CONCLUSION
YOU MAY NOT NOTICE THESE TECHNIQUES ARE THERE
SUCH DEVICES ARE WHAT MAKES POETRY BEAUTIFUL
WWW.SHMOOP.COM/NCAA/
WWW.BIOGRAPHY.COM/PEOPLE/MAYA-ANGELOU/
WWW.MHEDUCATION.COM/SITES/POETRY_GLOSSARY/
THE COLLECTED AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF MAYA ANGELOU- P. 2004
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