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  • I know why the caged bird sings
  • The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky
  • But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing
  • The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and is tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom
  • The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own
  • But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing
  • The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom
  • Historical Context • PoemautobiographyMaya Angelou’s name named after 1969 with the same • Depicts racism in the 1960’s • The caged birdofrepresents the vocal activism African Americans • The singing can be the sound of black gospel music typically associated with freedom themes
  • Comparative Poem • Compares a free and caged bird • This sets up literary contrast • This engages to reader to observe the differences • What are the differences between the free and caged birds?
  • The Free Bird • Has it easy (back to the wind, downstream) • His voice sings to claim the sky • His song is about what he has • His activity is getting more of what he already has
  • The Caged Bird • Only has a specific lot in life (narrow cage) • Cannot see truly what he is missing • Cannot be a true bird (clipped, tied) • Sings of things it doesn’t know, but deep down knows there is more to life • Sings for freedom
  • How I Identify With It • I feel trapped by the circumstances of life • I feel like I’m always angry and in rage • I feel like I’m always talking about what I could be but don’t know how to get there • Sometimes I feel that I have just given up on my dreams
  • What It Means Today • First black president in history has helped African American race relations • There are still minorities that are being trivialized • The cry of the afflicted is still heard loud and clear today • The poor and the immigrant