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The Differences and Similarities Between 'Caged Bird' and 'Still IRise'

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The Differences and Similarities Between 'Caged Bird' and 'Still I Rise' 'Caged Bird' and 'Still I Rise' are in their own ways similar, because they are both noticeably about the coloured race and the entrapment of that race and their bid for freedom. But both poems also display many differences, like the use of metaphors and ways of expressing their determination and the segregation of their race. Their titles almost sound like opposites with a capture of something and a rise above something, but 'Still I Rise' would also be a rise above a capture or an attempt at a capture Maya Angelou, the author, was raised in segregated, rural Arkansas, and so this could be the reason for the content of her poems. I think that she has intentionally expressed these themes strongly in both of these poems because she felt strongly at the time of the segregation of the black communities, being part of one herself. 'Caged Bird' is, in my view, a really well written poem, by using a bird as the metaphor of the poem to get the message of the poem across to the reader. By doing this, the author opens up lots of verbs to be used to describe slavery, but also the freedom the bird has in the first stanza, and the adventures that are open to the bird. ...read more.


It does not contain a journey, unlike 'Caged Bird', although 'Still I Rise' has a distinctive rhythm, which stays the same until the last two verses, which the writer uses to get the message of the will for her to rise above the segregation across to the reader. The rhythm also suggests the marching of slavery, which again reinforces the message of the treatment of the coloured race. The reference to the precious things on every other verse in 'Still I Rise' suggests that she is very proud that she is black and the precious thing are always referring to something that belongs to her, e.g. 'My living room', 'My own backyard' which also means that everything she has she is proud of and no-one is going to take it away from her, because it is hers only. The sixth verse has the words 'shoot', 'cut', and 'kill' in them, which could suggest the treatment the slaves received. Enjambment is used in 'Caged Bird' to describe the movement the bird has. In the first verse, the verbs used describe the bird as being energetic and happy, but at the same time calm and tranquil, with no worries, and not in any danger. ...read more.


In the eighth and ninth stanzas of 'Still I rise' the writer talks about the history of racism and the treatment they received. The first line of stanza eight starts with 'out of the huts of history's shame' which is metaphorical as blacks were kept in huts. The first line of stanza nine starts 'leaving behind nights of terror and fear' which shows that she has risen above all that has happened, that she is proud and remains so from the start continuing through the poem, proving her point till the end. In my view, I preferred 'Still I rise' as i think it helped people during the times of discrimination to realise that even though they were a different colour, they hadn't done anything wrong and they should be proud of who they are, and rise above all the judgements. 'Still I Rise', is not only a good written poem, but it contains a message and I think that's what makes it better than 'Caged Bird'. It also has a lot of metaphors and similes in it, which makes the reader think about what the writer is trying to tell them. Overall I think 'Still I Rise' is most effective, because It makes the reader think about their own actions and possibly what they would have done in the writers position, and personally I think as the poem is generally based at them, they would find it more interesting. 2 ...read more.

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