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Copy of Copy of Sympathy by Laurence Dunbar and Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Sympathy by Laurence Dunbar and Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

Sympathy


By Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sympathy
By Paul Laurence Dunbar

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals –
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting –
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, –
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings –
I know why the caged bird sings!
Maya Angelou- Author's Background (1928-Present)
She is an author often attributed as the greatest African-American female poet
Her literature is often about the Civil Rights Movement and the freedom of people
Grew up in Arkansas, Missouri, and California and was influenced by the revolutionary social times throughout the entire United States
Was highly influenced by Paul Laurence Dunbar, along with many other African-American writers
She used many naturalistic metaphors in order to connect with universal themes and ideas (in this case, a bird)
Poet behind the masterpiece "The Caged Bird"
FACT:
In the year "Sympathy" was published, 1899, enmity (opposition) toward blacks was widespread in America.

The civil war initially granted slaves
many rights including the rights to vote, own property, and freedom of speech (poetry).
Hey
FACT:
Even though the Civil War granted African-Americans freedom, hate groups against the former slaves arose, and social and economic barriers eventually stripped all African-Americans of any freedom they hoped to have.
Paul Laurence Dunbar- Author's Background
(1872-1906)
Born in Dayton, Ohio
Widely recognized as the first African American poet
Son of slaves, Matilda and Joshua Dunbar.
His father joined the Union army during the Civil War to fight for freedom after escaping from slavery.
Performed his first poem at the age of nine and received a high school education, which was rare among African-Americans at the time
Author of the great poem known simply as "Sympathy"
Sympathy
FACT:
"Caged Bird" was written in 1983, well after the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, but Maya Angelou's writing constantly focused on the
importance of freedom and
the value of life.
FACT:
Maya Angelou is still highly regarded for her influence throughout the
revolutionary times
of the 20th century.
Maya Angelou
Keys' song was inspired by Angelou, and Angelou acknowledged that her poem "Caged Bird" was in fact an allusion to Dunbar's masterpiece, "Sympathy." Both Dunbar and Angelou wrote their poems about a universal theme that all individuals strive for at some point in their lives. Although the poems were written over 85 years apart, they do share a single underlying theme...
Freedom
Caged Bird
A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
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 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 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.

Alicia Keys

OCCUPATION: Pianist, Singer
BIRTH DATE: January 25, 1981 (Age: 31)
EDUCATION: Professional Performance Arts School, Columbia University
PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York

Best Known For:
Alicia Keys is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter whose debut album, Songs in A Minor, went platinum five times over.
Right now I feel like a bird
Caged without a key
Everyone comes to stare at me
With so much joy and revelry
They don't know how I feel inside
Through my smile I cry
They don't know what they're doin' to me
Keepin' me from flyin'
That's why I say that I know
Why the caged bird sings
Only joy comes from song
She's so rare and beautiful to others
Why not just set her free?
So she can fly, fly, fly
Spreadin' her wings and her song
Let her fly, fly, fly
For the whole world to see
She's like a caged bird Fly, fly
Ooh, just let her fly
Just let her fly, just let her fly
Spread wings, spread beauty
Hear the Lyrics
Stop & Answer:
In your opinion, what is the most significant detail from Dunbar's background? Why?
Look up the word "sympathy" on dictionary.com and record a definition.
Listen to the Song
Read the Lyrics to Caged Bird
NOW
READ
THE
POEM!
Caged Bird
By Maya Angelou
NOW
READ
THE
POEM!
Alicia Keys-
Author's Background
Summing it Up...
Stop & Answer:
In your opinion, what is the most significant detail from Angelou's background? Why?
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