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A comparison between "I know why the caged bird sings" by Maya Angelou and Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni

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A comparison between "I know why the caged bird sings" by Maya Angelou and Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni I am going to compare two poems called " I know why the caged bird sings" By Maya Angelou and " Ego Tripping" By Nikki Giovanni. Both of these poems are about wanting to be free and what they went through their life, however each of the poems has its own perspective, "I know why the caged bird sings" is rather in a more negative mood because it is saying she wants to be free, "Ego Tripping" is more positive because she is saying how free she is and how good her life is. To start I will analyse " I know why the caged bird sings" By Maya Angelou. In the poem Maya Angelou is talking about black people being trapped and have no say, She betray them by bird trapped in a cage with no speech, The poem mentions Problems she faces throughout her life, and says it's no different being free or not because she can't do anything. "Caged Bird" is a poem about freedom. The free bird symbolizes a person from the white society, and the caged bird symbolizes a person from the black society. In the first stanza, the free bird is described. ...read more.


The words used to describe both the free and the caged bird almost sound the same, but they are different. Perhaps it reflects the two birds that are different whilst the caged bird wants to be Like the free bird. In the last stanza the first couple of lines are saying how the black people wish for freedom and people far away know that they are wishing to be free. In the last line she writes " for the cadged bird sings for freedom" this is a catchy ending people the reader remembers that most, the audience get told that several times so it is constantly being thrown at them The themes in this poem are freedom, unfairness, slavery and isolation. It may be Linked with gender, individuals, adults Limiting the youth, racial inequality, someone in prison or social oppression. The second poem I am going to compare "I know why the caged bird sings" with is called " Ego Tipping" by Nikki Giovanni. The poem is about how a black woman comparing herself to the Gods. She is saying that no one is better than her and she controls everything. This is saying that if your black or white you should be as free and as equal as each other and that everyone on earth should have the same rights and opportunities. ...read more.


the time that the poem was written in religions was a big part of people's lives they believe in god and now Nikki Giovanni is saying she is every god. in stanza five she mentions "My son Noah built an ark and I stood proudly at the helm' this means that she has given birth to a man who saved the animals, She also says "My bowels deliver uranium" she is now boasting and saying that even her wastes everyone craves for and it is expensive. The last stanza Nikki Giovanni says "I am so perfect so divine so surreal. I cannot be comprehended without my permission. I mean ... I ... can fly, like a bird in the sky" she says this to tell the ready she is everywhere she is so perfect she cannot make mistakes. The two poems that I have analysed are both very similar in topic but they have different view points towards it, "I know why the caged bird sings" is more sad and depressing, whereas "Ego Tripping" is more happy and joyful. The first poem shows how black people get treated badly and being discriminated and then the whites gets all the freedom. The second poem is opposite to the first one because she is saying she is god there is nothing she can't do and she is a African American, This shows is feels free and unlike before they had no freedom. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andy Tat ...read more.

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