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Discuss the Ways the Poet Explores the Theme of Social Injustice in Caged Bird

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Discuss the Ways the Poet Explores the Theme of Social Injustice in "Caged Bird" "Caged Bird" is a poem written by the Southern Black woman "Maya Angelou" in the 20th century. In this essay, I will discuss the ways the poet explores the theme of social injustice in this poem. One of the ways the poet explores the theme of social injustice in this poem is by using rhyme and half rhyme. In this poem, there is no regular rhyme scheme. Some lines rhyme for emphasis like "breeze" and "trees", "dreams" and "scream". However, a jarring effect occurs and breaks up the feelings of the bird song because he is singing while he is caged. ...read more.

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"A free bird leaps on the back of the wind", this is an example of enjambment which is used to quicken the pace in the first stanza. Metaphor is an efficient way to explore the theme of social injustice in the poem. The poet stated that the "caged bird stands on the grave of dreams". By using the word "grave", he connotes to death. Therefore he means the death of dreams. The bird's dream is to be free. As a result, the cage is the place responsible for the death of freedom. He also declared that "shadows shout on a nightmare scream". By using the word "shadows", he represents the imprisonment. ...read more.

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Moreover, nature is used to symbolize freedom. Finally, the whole metaphor is a vey effective way to explore the theme of social injustice. The caged bird represents black people, whilst the free bird represents white people. Black people where segregated or "caged" off from the white. In addition, the cage is symbolizing the laws and rules applied on the blacks by the white. In conclusion, I think that the poet effectively explored the theme of social injustice and indicated the situation of her race by applying different techniques. One way is by creating rhyme and half rhyme. Secondly, is by using enjambment and rhythm. Another way is by using metaphors and imagery. And last but not least, is by the literal meaning of the whole metaphor. Written by: Fajer A. ?? ?? ?? ?? Fajer A. Social Injustice in "Caged Bird" Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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