Sympathy: Lit. Unit 1, Lesson 6

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Sympathy: Lit. Unit 1, Lesson 6

  1. 1. The Heart’s Deep Core “Sympathy” Lit. Unit 1, Lesson 6
  2. 2. Objectives --to understand the meaning of an important poem --to examine how current events influence author’s works --to identify symbolism in a poem
  3. 3. The use of one object or action (a symbol) to represent or suggest something else.
  4. 4. • What is the bird symbolic of? • What is the bird’s song symbolic of?
  5. 5. What do you think? • 1. In the first stanza of the poem, the speaker says he knows how the caged bird feels. He then goes on to include several images of freedom. Describe why the images bring freedom to mind, and how a bird in a cage might feel about seeing such things. What does the fact that the speaker understands how the caged bird feels tell you about the speaker?
  6. 6. 2. In the second stanza of the poem, the bird is described as beating its wings against the cage and injuring itself. Why does the speaker identify with this action? What does the fact that the bird is willing to injure itself in a futile attempt to escape tell you about how desperate the bird is?
  7. 7. • 3. In nature, birds are free and can fly from place to place as they choose. In that way, a bird may be considered a symbol of freedom. However, in this poem, the bird is caged. It cannot go wherever it chooses. It cannot even escape its cage. However, the bird can sing. What do you think the song symbolizes? Why? Cite specific lines, phrases, and words from the poem to support your answer.
  8. 8. Questions???

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