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I know why the cage bird sings by Maya Angelou

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Dalia Alafifi

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Transcript of I know why the cage bird sings by Maya Angelou

I know why the cage bird sings By: Maya Angelou Poetic Devices Personal Response Imagery Personification Symbolism Repetition Interpretation Overall Theme Examples 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. Angelou states that there are two birds, one trapped in a cage, and the other is free and flying in the sky. The trapped bird is African American while the free bird is white. The poem shows the relationship and differences between an African American person and a Caucasian person. "The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream.." VS
" His bars of rage, his wings are clipped and, his feet are tied..." You can restrain, tie down,
lock up, confine, or hold a person
back but you can't keep them
from speaking, talking, singing or dreaming. “The free bird” (Line 1, 22,)
“The caged bird” (Line 15, 26, 30)
“For the caged bird sings of freedom” (Line 21, 34)

Maya Angelou is repeating “free bird” and “cage bird” to portray the relationship between an African American person and a Caucasian person. “his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream” (Line 26)

The shadow is given human characteristics (shouting) “Thinks of another breeze” (Line 22)
“And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn” (Line 24)
“and dips his wing in the orange sun’s rays” (Line 5-6)
“his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied” (Line 11-13)
“bird stands on the grave of dreams (Line 26)
“his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing” ( line 28) Does humanity actually realize how precious freedom is? It gives a good overall theme of perseverance 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 fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom Interpretation In the poem it is constantly repeated that "his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing" This poem has several themes, such as discrimination, racism, and perseverance. Maya Angelou explains the feelings of racial discrimination and segregation vs the freedom that the white race has. By repeating freedom it shows the reader that the cage bird is not giving up, the bird will continue to persevere for freedom. Angelou is showing the reader the struggles that the African Americans had to reach freedom.
Even though the bird was trapped it still did not give up singing “shouting”, it continued to persevere with hope. The breeze and fat worms symbolize hope and opportunity. In the poem it is constantly repeated that "his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing", this is implying that even though this bird is trapped it still has hope. In this poem there are vivid images of slavery, of strength and commitment, and fear. I chose this poem because This poem is very inspiring to not only a minority group but also in general. * The theme of perseverance is something in which everyone should live by. " You don't know what you have until its gone" I like this poem because: This poem also shows us what the African Americans went through during the Civil rights movement , which a lot of us are not aware of. This poem makes you think about: The struggles minority groups had to do for the majority to realize their existence and that they have the same rights as they do.
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