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Comment 144 of 554, added on July 21st, 2010 at 12:01 PM.
I know why the caged bird sings

Its a touching poem that depicts a life of a prisoner and someone that has
freedom no one's freedom should be trampled upon.'You can reach for the
stars' the sky is the starting point .Thanks Maya.

Nana Abena from Ghana
Comment 143 of 554, added on April 15th, 2010 at 5:27 AM.
I know Why The Caged Bird Sings

deeply and profoundly sad, yet beautiful.......the part about longing for
something you are unaware of, but longing for it anyway because some part
of you knows and has the imprint of it, really touches my heart......such
tragedies exist unfortunately.

Linda McCue from United States
Comment 142 of 554, added on April 3rd, 2010 at 3:42 AM.

it's a good poem.........
be the best forever for you.

trisno from indonesia

trisno from Indonesia
Comment 141 of 554, added on March 26th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 140 of 554, added on June 1st, 2009 at 8:57 AM.

i really enjoyed reading this book and i was so happy whehn i found a poem
to relate to it and it was by the same author so thanks a bunch Mya Angelou
u have enspired me to do much great things in life

devone Pommills from United States
Comment 139 of 554, added on April 13th, 2009 at 6:39 PM.

Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational artists of literature in our
time, and the idiot who said he didnt like her because of her comparisons
is just that, an idiot. I have not seen you come up with a poem or a book,
so for you to judge her is just apalling and disrespectful! When you have
lived a tough life like she has, and written many works, then you can
judge her. other than that, shut up! Thank you Maya Angelou for being the
great women you are!!!

ashley from United States
Comment 138 of 554, added on April 1st, 2009 at 10:21 AM.

This is definitely a writer who can open her life and
write about it without hesitation or turning her head away. Which may be a
rare quality that gives such power to her writing. The title to me is
significant in understanding what the author has written, she says, I know
why the caged bird sings.
This metaphor also is in the writing of the 13th century saga Nichiren who
talks about a caged bird
being like (our ignorant self) who calls out and the free birds come (our
enlightened nature) and surround the cage which act as the enviromental
stimulus for the caged bird to want to become free. Without trying to
understate the painful places our life can be in, our deep suffering can
become the cause for us to develop the kind of self that can move to
change; in a manner we never imagined.

Isabel Almeida from United States
Comment 137 of 554, added on March 21st, 2009 at 5:12 AM.

Caged bird is a powerful piece of art. I wish I could meet Angelou one day.
Very very wonderful.

Andrew from Ghana
Comment 136 of 554, added on March 19th, 2009 at 12:13 PM.

The theme of this poem is universal.It encompasses white and black,rich
and poor, privileged and underprivileged,the haves and the havenots,the
happy and the unhappy.While the advantaged ( the free bird)is happy and
eats of the fat of the land, the caged bird is hampered by the anomalies
imposed by society.But although it is caged, it is not gagged. Its voice
gives it opportunity to vent its pent up emotions. It opens its
'throat" and sings of freedom.This final act of defiance against the
oppressive forces of society gives humanity hope. Maya is saying like
another American William Faulkner that man shall not only survive but he
will prevail. Powerful emotive stuff.The metaphor for mans eventual
ascendancy over imposed anomalies is the caged bird that sings of its

Henry Ngale Monono
Comment 135 of 554, added on March 10th, 2009 at 5:56 AM.

i had to choose a poem written by an african for a project, and i chose
this one. two days ago was the first time i read it, and im 14. must say
this poem has a deep meaning to it, and it reminded me of an indian
philosopher-poet, Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal!

maria from Pakistan

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