I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Why did Maya Angelou entitle her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?    

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Maya Angelou named the book after one of her poems by the same name. The caged bird has clipped wings and tied feet. It sings of fear and sorrow, and its voice carries far away, although no one...

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It is said that the title comes from the poem Sympathy, by Paul Laurence Dunbar(1872-1924). He was the son of escaped slaves and wrote about a bird in a cage which has beaten the bars until its wings are bruised. Its song is not a song of joy, but a prayer for freedom.  since Maya wrote this in the time of Civil rights movement and behalf of MLK, probably maya decided to entitle her first life story to give lectures to people from then, now, and to the future refering her favorite writer one poem.   

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