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Comment 127 of 517, added on November 7th, 2008 at 11:26 PM.

i didn't read this poem but when i see the title of this poem, i feel that
it is very interesting poem that has some symbolical meaning init.

Thaye Chograb
Comment 126 of 517, added on October 16th, 2008 at 5:07 PM.

Dude in New Zeland do you really say "mate"?

Michael from United States
Comment 125 of 517, added on August 26th, 2008 at 4:53 PM.

I just finished reading her book by the same name. There have been times in
my life that I have been ashamed of being white...but never like when I
read this book. If I could take away (with an apology) everything the white
race has done to other races I would. Unfortunately, you can change
everything about you except your race, and I'm not too proud of mine right
now.

Pamela Enis from United States
Comment 124 of 517, added on July 10th, 2008 at 4:09 PM.

This poem is deep in-deed!!! It was the most true-to-life, touching and all
at the same time slap-you-in-the-face poem I have EVER read. These things
combined make it powerful. After reading the comments and then reading it
again I believe that it not only speaks to those of us that are black, but
even Christians. This poem is deep. I would love to meet with Ms. Angelou
and find out what she was thinking and her heart-felt thoughts on it.

Tylesha Godana
Comment 123 of 517, added on June 3rd, 2008 at 11:29 PM.

Two words GOOD POEM

Wesley Ninai from Papua New Guinea
Comment 122 of 517, added on May 18th, 2008 at 4:14 AM.

im doing a research project and i dont know what poetic devices are used
and an example in the poem "I Know Why the Caged bird Sings"

robyn
Comment 121 of 517, added on May 7th, 2008 at 1:11 AM.

This poem basically says that the free bird takes his freedom for granted,
but if it was caged, it would aprreciate being free alot more.


Jimmy from United States
Comment 120 of 517, added on April 20th, 2008 at 9:25 AM.

Doing an essay on this poem. I'm very knowledgable about the poem but verse
4 is very hard. Can someone analyse it for me or at least tell me what
trade winds is?

Aimee from United Kingdom
Comment 119 of 517, added on April 19th, 2008 at 6:34 AM.

I have read this poem many times and never thought it had anything to do
with race. I read the book also. I think its about being inhibited in one
way or another. Here the author is trying to explain process of drowning.
There is no need to tell how or why the person got into the water or what
he need to do to get. What she does offer is two people in the water. One
can swim and one cant. She doesn't offer a solution for the cage bird, just
the status of his being. Its the plight of the cage bird that important
here. Its any body story.In the end its not about the cause or solution its
about being. They won't put it on her TOMB so i wil say it here....MAYA
ANGELOU is greatest poet of our tim. Her ability to convey both thoughts
and emotions through words i think is unequal. Just my opinion.

Grant from United States
Comment 118 of 517, added on March 19th, 2008 at 9:19 AM.

I had read this poem many times and admired it for its literary genius and
symbolism. I came across it again recently, and it has taken on a whole
new meaning for me, as I am going through a period of major depression. I
can relate my pain and dispair with the caged bird, and know that I have to
break free of the "cage" of depression so that I can again "leap on the
back of the wind." Thank you, Maya, for giving me a way to see what I need
to do.

Annie from United States

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Poet: Maya Angelou
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