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Comment 47 of 517, added on June 1st, 2005 at 3:53 PM.

Hey there caged birds. We all are caged birds to a degree. Something holds
us at one time or another and keeps us from reaching our full potential. At
first glance this poem seems to be somewhat melancholy. But after taking a
deeper look, you see that the only thing that could not be caged is the
song the caged bird sang. So even when you feel caged or imprisoned, find
the strength to sing. You will be heard. Be in Peace.

Allen from United States
Comment 46 of 517, added on May 31st, 2005 at 1:34 AM.

I love this poem merely because it is not just about the civil rights
movement but anyone who has ever felt like a caged bird understands...your
freedom to express how you feel is taken away,this poem is sooo much more
powerful than just people looking at the name Maya angelou and ultimately
thinking oh it must be about African americans and our struggle.Please when
you read this poem i pray that you will see its meaning,many people feel
like this whether it be someone who has others chose what path they are to
take,gays and etc. who are afraid to express them selves and "come out of
the closet" because people have always enstilled in their heads "their
views and how "you" should be" but people must come to realization that it
isn't about what others think...if people will stop and realize what we do
to each other and if you feel like a caged bird,then you will understand
and get a deep meaning of this poem...God bless

Sharon from United States
Comment 45 of 517, added on May 30th, 2005 at 3:13 PM.

I like this poem a lot because I can relate to it. I feel like the caged
bird sometimes and I just want to be free!

Ayla from United States
Comment 44 of 517, added on May 20th, 2005 at 1:56 PM.

Thank you for bringing out why "we" the caged birds sing.
You have been an inspiration to me and opened my eyes in so many ways. I
look for your books only now that I have read two f your books.

Molin Kadirire from Zimbabwe
Comment 43 of 517, added on May 20th, 2005 at 8:46 AM.

This poem was very inspirational to me. I absolutely loved it. All of
Mayas work is excellent and if you haven't read her other poems you should,
just google her and you'll find lots of poems that can be very
inspirational to you.

Mikara from United States
Comment 42 of 517, added on May 19th, 2005 at 7:12 PM.

Well Well Well, its about time someone said that... thanks nat. Though I
do disagree with you. Just because a poem may be about something bad or
sad it doesnt stop the poem's (or poets, if you know what i mean)
greatness. This is a wonderfull poem and I think that Maya is a great and
insperational person. what happened to her was terrible and not one person
can fix it... but I think that Maya does a pretty damn good job of writting
poems about that experience that everyone can truely feel.
You rock Maya Angelou... your and insperation to all thoughs who need

Love Keith

Keith from United States
Comment 41 of 517, added on May 19th, 2005 at 7:00 PM.

I love your poem!!! It is soooo good. I wish i could write poems like you!

Natalie from Canada
Comment 40 of 517, added on May 19th, 2005 at 12:26 PM.

This poem is about Maya Angelou's life and even if you don't necessarily
enjoy it yourself, be respectful and think about what this poem means to
her. Don't you know what happened to her when she was a child? If you
don't, you'd better find out and cut the crap about thinking you know what
a good poem/poet is. Just because a poem is obvious doesn't mean it's a bad
poem!Some of the best poems are very obvious, and this one is hardly
obvious and clear at all. If you think it is boring, that's your problem,
not the poets'. Remember, this is personal work that doesn't have to be any
certain way, and if you don't like it, don't read it!

Nat Fearnley from United States
Comment 39 of 517, added on May 9th, 2005 at 7:06 PM.

the poem " i know why the caged bird signs" evokes emotions out of the
readers be it good or bad. The rhetor uses rhetorical strategies of
repetition such as assonance and alliteration. one could critically analyze
the poem and observe the analytical comparisons of the free bird to the
caged bird. this symbolizes the Civil Rights movement and the cry or plea
for african-americans and whites as well as other races to be equal.

Calian from United States
Comment 38 of 517, added on May 7th, 2005 at 11:43 AM.

i love this poem! it isnt just good but it shows obstacles that might be in
one's life. it shows the difference between a free person (or in this case
bird) and one that is not free. the

justine from United States

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