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I know why the caged bird sings poem analysis

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Transcript of I know why the caged bird sings poem analysis

I know why the caged bird sings - Maya Angelou
Introduction
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings written by Maya Angelou in 1969.
displays the meaning and feelings of Slavery in comparison of free people.
Angelou explores her self identity through poetic devices

Subject Matter / Purpose / Theme
portrayed as being about the slavery of the African American people.
Explore and perceive how people really felt about the freedom of others and how it is all taken for granted.
Dehumanizing effects of racism and segregation in America
Structure
Six stanzas long
four to five lines in each stanza
blank or free verse
Poetic techniques
positions the reader in the way that she felt throughout the situation of slavery.
Metaphors
A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
"caged bird"
"but a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams"
"caged bird", and "free bird"
"Bars of rage"
Emotions
an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate
"narrow cage"
"bars of rage"
"wings are clipped"
Symbolism
The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.
"the bird thinks of another breeze"
Personification
The attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman
"his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream"
Alliteration
The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
"his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream"
"sh", and "s" sound.
Imagery
Visually descriptive or figurative language,
"leaps back of the wind"
"dips his wings in the orange rays"
"The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown but can still be longed for still, and his tune is heard on a distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom"
Conclusion
explores her own self-identity
uses many poetic techniques to connect with her audience
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