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Extended Writing on Maya Angelou(TM)s poem Caged Bird

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Extended Writing on Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird" Freedom is something every human being wishes to experience and it can appear in many forms. The "Caged Bird" is an inspiring thought provoking poem about freedom and social injustice. Does the Caged Bird sing? Yes, it sings of freedom. And I empathise completely with the poet as she uses powerful descriptive language and imagery to convey the message of freedom and injustice. The poem itself was inspired by Paul Lawrence Dunbar's poem called "Sympathy". This poem is also about a caged bird and obviously referring to the black community in the USA. In the first stanza Angelou sets to describe a free bird and what it does. The "free bird" itself could mean many things, but I personally believe that the free bird describes the dreams of the Afro American people and I think that's what Angelou believes as well because she grew up in the time of racial oppression in the USA. Angelou gives us a sense of happiness and energy in the first verse as "A free bird leaps on the back of the wind." ...read more.


The only resource left is to sing. In this verse we see a rhyme with two lines, "cage" and "rage". This emphasises the anger in the bird and that the cage has absorbed the rage of the bird. In the third stanza the poet still talks about the caged bird but this time on his singing. The bird "sings with a fearful trill" and this gives me the impression that he is scared to sing because someone has forbade him to sing (owner, master). The bird sings "of things unknown" so this gives us a sense of confusion or oblivion. There is rhyme in this stanza with three lines "trill", "still" and "hill"; these words have a shivering sense and I think emphasizes the fear of the bird. At the end of the stanza Angelou tells us the bird "sings of freedom" and that I think reflects the hopes and dreams of the bird and the black community at the time to finally be treated as equals. In the fourth stanza Angelou goes back to the free bird. The pace of this stanza is very smooth and swift because Angelou uses words like "breeze", "soft" and "sighing"; this gives ...read more.


From the third line until the end of the last stanza is all repeated and I believe Angelou does this to drive through to the reader to feel sorry for the caged bird. My conclusion is that Angelou wishes us to feel for the caged bird which represents the black community during the 19th and early 20th century. I believe she wants us to be that free bird, to be that person who has total self control with nobody to tell us what to do. This poem is filled with emotion from the poet and you can feel it with the words she uses and the way she uses them. Angelou is very effective in driving her message through. Throughout the poem, Angelou uses many captivating imagery and emotive language which engages the reader with the poem and she endeavours to convey an emotive message right through. Finally it generates pathos emphasising the unimaginable, undeserved discrimination which generated a serious discussion of a distressing affliction throughout the 20th century. This spiteful reality was painless to ignore yet painful to experience. Only very few brave freedom fighters, Angelou being one of them, fought for prerogatives and for this we should admire them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anthony Tawil 10DR ...read more.

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