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Comment 134 of 554, added on February 18th, 2009 at 4:42 PM.

This poem is a one of a kind and by one of the best
writers I ever known.When I grow up I want to become a
famous poet just like you.By the way im 10 years old.
I will always love your work.

Kiara Lowe from United States
Comment 133 of 554, added on February 11th, 2009 at 10:08 PM.

This poem is symbolic of what anyone can go through in life when faced with
adversity.They can give up or keep growing feathers untill they eventually
get strong enough to fly away!!!Great poetry by my favorite poet!!!!!

mattie hardaway from United States
Comment 132 of 554, added on February 4th, 2009 at 11:57 PM.

i know why the caged bird sings
i read about on the internet
apparently maya angelou was raped by her mom's bf
and she told and her "criminal" uncles kicked him to death
and maya became a mute b/c she believed that his death was ultimitely
caused by her
the caged bird in maya angelou
the free bird is her moms bf
and the sky is maya angelous being
and the entire metaphor is her way of expressing her feelings of the rape

but this is just one avid reader of poetry's ideas or opinions.

it may or may not be wrong but plz dont be harsh. i just want to express my
thoughts on the very passionate poem

Kelly from United States
Comment 131 of 554, added on January 31st, 2009 at 10:48 PM.

The cage bird knew that his door was open
caged so long he became a morbid token
of what you lose when you dare not try
when you are afraid that you too can fly
caged so long he forgot his dreams for the cage bird is afraid of freedom.

A free bird knows not of fearful skies
he spreads his wings and enjoy the ride
love is taught between his eyes and his songs fill the world.

But a cage bird is afraid to try
sighs and cries at sunny skies
love not drawn from insides so he lay in a cage of rage.

The cage bird knows no wishful dreams
timid approach to living things
he knows not why the free bird sings
he's afraid that he too can fly.

The free bird shares and live his dreams
swarms the earth among living things
rise to wake with the morning light and can't wait to fly in the sky.

The cage bird knows no wishful dreams
timid approach to living things
he knows not why the free bird sings
he's afraid that he too can fly.

DeAndra Tanae from United States
Comment 130 of 554, added on January 26th, 2009 at 7:40 AM.

The themes decipherable in this poem are universal. They truly go beyond
the confines of the United States of America. After reading and analysing
this masterpiece of a poem, I feel very much caged in my own country as I
continue to see the poor being opressed in all sectors of our economy. It's
like the rich have access to better schools, decent accommmodation, first
class health and housing facilities, fair trials plus more at the expense
of us the poor who still remain caged just like the poetess' "Caged Bird".
Notwithstanding,we will, like the caged bird, continue to sing eonomic
freedom till the day we'd attain it. really i must teach this poem to my
students @ Lusaka West School.

mumbi jonathan kay from Zambia
Comment 129 of 554, added on January 22nd, 2009 at 9:28 PM.

I adore this poem. To me, it shows how people are 'caged' or restricted. It
doesn't show just the black race, it shows religion, or how a person can
just in the throes of life. Drowning, trapped, encased, and they cannot get
out. While another person is enjoying their life of freedom, with only the
care of what was happening next in THEIR life. No one else. Just theirs.
The caged bird seems to be going insane, beating it's 'wing' against the
bars until it bled. (Who wouldn't be a bit upset about being caged?) To
me, it shows how I feel as being one of the few white females in a minority
dominated school. As a Catholic. As having been in the same position as the
caged bird.

Nina E. from United States
Comment 128 of 554, added on November 21st, 2008 at 12:40 PM.

Most of you people should be in school. It is important that you attain an
education before you bash maya angelou. idiots.

Rachel Britton
Comment 127 of 554, 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 554, 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 554, 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

Pamela Enis from United States

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Poet: Maya Angelou
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