I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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In what style is the book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" written?

In what style is the book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" written?

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This book is written in the style of an autobiography.  It is in the first person point of view and tells the story of her life in chronological order.  However, ever the poet, Angelou uses many stylistic devices to enhance the retelling of her life. 

She uses regional dialect in portraying character - Naw, Helen, you ain't standing like her. This here's it.

She uses biblical allusions - My pretty Black brother was my Kingdom Come.

She uses literary allusions - During these years...

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