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Maya Angelou's I know why the caged bird sings analysis
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"I know why the caged bird sings" poem analyze
In the first half of the XX century, racism was still havocking in USA. Growing in this sort of circumstances, the black poet Maya Angelou also had became a victim of racism. She had wrote many famous poems referring to the state black community and the poem "I know why the caged bird sings" is definitely one of the best of them.
It is obvious that the caged bird represents a certain group of people, one of the proofs can be that Maya Angelou used the word 'he' to represent the bird rather than the more commonly seen 'it'. It doesn't necessarily need to be black, but all people whose freedom were or are being restricted. The poet used the free bird to compare with the caged bird to show the unfairness and the rage that the caged bird is experiencing. While the free bird can fly leisurely in the sky, the caged bird can do nothing except for opening his throat to sing to express his anger.
Some people could argue that though the caged bird is imprisoned, but it got food and care from human so
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