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In this poem, Angelou is writing metaphorically about the plight of African Americans, as represented by the "caged bird" which sings of freedom, despite the fact that its dreams have been dashed....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021 10:34 am UTC

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Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird” reflects the anguish of a divided society, as she compares the free bird, who can do anything he pleases, with the caged bird, who can only dream of happiness as he...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 10:59 pm UTC

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"Caged Bird" uses multiple poetic devices to convey and enhance its meaning. I've only listed three of them here, but a close reading of the poem yields many more, so it would be a good idea to...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 12:19 pm UTC

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The caged bird in Maya Angelou's poem represents the oppressed peoples who are unable to escape the "narrow cage" into which society traps them, unable to see beyond the enforced "bars of rage"...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 9:51 am UTC

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Certainly, there is a poignancy to this poem. Much like Paul Dunbar's poem, "Sympathy," in which he writes, "I know why the caged bird sings," Maya Angelou continues this motif of the caged bird...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2015 2:39 am UTC

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The "caged bird" of Angelou's poem is contrasted throughout with its opposite, the "free bird," who "names the sky his own." The structure of the poem forces the reader to continually view the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 7:57 am UTC

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"Caged Bird" is a poem by African American writer Maya Angelou (1928–2014), originally published in her collection Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? in 1983. The poem consists of six stanzas written in...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2018 10:00 am UTC

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In Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird," the speaker contrasts the imprisonment and suffering of the eponymous caged bird with the freedom and independence of a free bird. The given quotation,"The free...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 8:49 pm UTC

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Imagery is an umbrella term for a range of specific language techniques, including, most commonly, metaphors, personification, and symbolism. The quotations below provide examples of these...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019 8:30 am UTC

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In “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou, the caged bird is representative of both herself and those who have experienced the oppression of racism and sexism. In her autobiography, I Know Why a Caged Bird...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 7:04 pm UTC

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In the first stanza, Angelou uses personification when the bird "leaps on the back of the wind." Wind is given the physical structure of a human being or animal with a back. It becomes a mixed...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 3:02 pm UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous response, the poem is written in the third person from an omniscient point of view. Utilizing omniscient narration, Maya Angelou compares and contrasts the plight...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016 1:03 pm UTC

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The fears of the caged bird are evoked via the refrain that Maya Angelou utilizes as the third and sixth stanzas of her poem: The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2018 10:48 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird” is built around a metaphor that contrasts the condition of a free bird with a caged bird. There are several important things about the way this particular metaphor is...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2015 12:04 pm UTC

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In poetry, a refrain is usually defined as a phrase, line, or series of lines that is, or are repeated throughout the poem. By that definition, there are several possible refrains in the poem,...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020 11:29 am UTC

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The bird in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem is yearning for a freedom he may find in the natural world. The poem is primarily concerned with the idea that because birds are natural creature, they...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 12:23 am UTC

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The free bird is one that "leaps" onto the wind and "floats downstream" on its breezes. He "dips his wing" in the orange rays of the sun and "claims" the sky as his own. He fears nothing, and he...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019 2:44 pm UTC

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“Caged Bird” uses rich nature imagery to evoke the contrast between the caged and free birds. The caged bird can barely sense the natural world outside the cage but retains hope that it will once...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 4:59 pm UTC

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The answer in this case, as it is with most poems, really depends on the way you choose to interpret it. That's not to say that every interpretation has a sound basis in the work itself, but the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2018 3:48 pm UTC

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Both the free bird and the caged bird in Maya Angelou's poem are self-aware, because they both entertain no illusions about who they are. The free bird is free and enjoys the benefits of that to...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019 9:18 am UTC

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Maya Angelou’s poem "Caged Bird," first published in her 1983 book Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?, compares the songs of two birds: the free bird and the caged bird, who sings a song of freedom, pain,...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 11:15 pm UTC

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The theme of racism that the previous educator describes is further exemplified in the different perspectives of the caged bird and the free bird. In the fourth stanza the attitude of the free bird...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 5:42 pm UTC

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This is a poem about the plight of captivity (and oppression) expressed as an emotional reality. The poem uses the metaphor of a physical cage as its principal vehicle to examine the nature of...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015 10:19 pm UTC

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The primary natural symbol utilized in "Caged Bird" is the bird itself. Angelou contrasts the free bird with the caged bird to show the innate conflict that a lack of freedom creates. The natural...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 5:54 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou's caged bird and her song is a powerful metaphor for Angelou's own experience as a black woman and artist; she uses this metaphor again as the title for her autobiography, indicating...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018 11:21 am UTC

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In Maya Angelou's famous poem "Caged Bird," she metaphorically contrasts the plight of oppressed African Americans with the independent, privileged white citizens in American society by contrasting...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2018 1:53 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou’s poem Caged Bird, like all poetry, makes use of several literary elements. A quick reading reveals the usual poetic emphasis on rhyme, metrical consistency, imagery, and repetition....

Latest answer posted February 16, 2015 5:40 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird" is full of avian metaphors and imagery. The poem itself is a metaphor for the limitations one experiences in a life of oppression. "Caged Bird" draws from Angelou's...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2016 6:18 pm UTC

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At one moment the free bird is up in the sky and at the next it’s floating effortlessly down the gentle current of a river. And then again it takes off and pleases itself with the warmth of the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2015 6:11 am UTC

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The free bird leapson the back of the winand floats downstreamtill the current endsand dips his wingsin the orange sun raysand dares to claim the sky.[...]The caged bird singswith fearful trillof...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2011 6:32 am UTC

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Maya Angelou's "Caged Bird" sets up a contrast between the titular bird and a "free bird." Each kind of bird is described as taking a different sort of "journey," though the free bird's flight is...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 4:10 am UTC

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Richard Blanco's poem "Como Tú / Like You / Like Me" is addressed to all the immigrants in the United States of America. It explores the pains and challenges of living in a country that often seems...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2020 4:17 am UTC

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In Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird,” music is significant because it represents perseverance in the face of adversity. The speaker begins by describing a free bird who leaps and floats and flies...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2021 3:16 pm UTC

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In Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird," she employs many literary devices to convey the meaning of the text. In the fifth stanza, there is an example of alliteration in the second line within the...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2021 2:50 pm UTC

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The poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou contrasts what life is like for a free bird compared to the life of a caged bird. The poet uses a wide range of negative expressions in order to highlight how...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 12:25 pm UTC

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In "Caged Bird," Maya Angelou juxtaposes the ideas of a free bird and a caged bird to show the effects of oppression. Stanza one focuses on the free bird: A free bird leaps on the back of the...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017 5:20 pm UTC

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Throughout the poem, Angelou's speaker refers primarily to the caged bird's desires and restrictions. Classifying the bird's attitudes or emotions as privileges or obligations requires a shift in...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 10:33 pm UTC

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Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird” is based on an earlier poem by an African American author by the name of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar, who lived from 1872–1906, was the son of parents who endured...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 5:40 pm UTC

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It is clear from Angelou's choice of language that the "caged bird" of the title is not happy with its lot. There is a sense that he is restrained and prevented from fulfilling his true potential,...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2018 10:19 am UTC

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Maya Angelou’s poem "Caged Bird" is about the oppression and suffering of African Americans. The poem was first published in 1983, fifteen years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, and...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020 1:08 pm UTC

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The caged bird doesn't see very much. Indeed, as the speaker says in stanza two, the caged bird "can seldom see through / his bars of rage." Throughout the poem, we are told only what the caged...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 9:31 am UTC

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