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Comment 60 of 550, added on October 13th, 2005 at 7:24 AM.

As i required to complete an assignment on poetry, i came across this poem.
Immediately i found solace in this poem as i relate it to being caged by
the materialistsic society where results are basically what that matters.
Do i still have the freedom to pursue what i wish for, such as in Art? i
can cry just like the caged bird, hoping for liberation. Thanks for writing
this poem, it voices the opinions of many people. (:

Pam from Singapore
Comment 59 of 550, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 7:13 PM.

I can only speculate on the reason(s) Ms. Angelou wrote this poem, but I
think it speaks of her experiences not only as an African-American, but as
a woman as well.
The opression and restrictions placed on her as an African American woamn
I could not begin to imagine, I can only guess at them based on the biases
and prejudices I have experienced in my own life.
I connected with this poem because I could see myself as that caged bird
"..his wings are clipped and his feet are tied..." who only wants to be
freed to experience the same hope and happiness that the free birds feel.
Thank you Ms. Angelou

Comment 58 of 550, added on September 19th, 2005 at 11:03 AM.

this poem is so wonderful. It meant so much to me, because I know people
who are very much like "caged birds" and even I, even I myself I also know
this feeling!!!

katrina from Luxembourg
Comment 57 of 550, added on August 29th, 2005 at 8:14 AM.

My sister in law told me about this poem and she feels this is a poem that
tells her to let her kids be free and take challenges in life and travel
the world and do the best that they can. Cut the apron strings and let
them fly.

I also look at it a different way and it depends on what is happening in
your life at the time you read this. My son has been dating a girl for 2
years and they are beautiful together...however, I can see he wants to be
uncaged and fly free to do whatever he feels. He is trying to break off
the relationship and she feels she can't go on without him. We too love
this girl and she is beautiful and she will be swept off her feet by many
guys...what do you do? Be caged or be free? Will he regret it later on or
will he not even though he still has a love for her? He is confused.

Brenda from United States
Comment 56 of 550, added on July 29th, 2005 at 3:04 PM.

I felt what Maya Angelou was saying in this poem. I know everyone has
already put in their opinion about what she meant, I'd just like to say
that I really appreciated that feeling...that understanding. It was a
well-written poem and I was able to connect with it on so many levels, that
feeling can never be communicated with any other words or analyses. Oh, and
that Thomas guy should try to understand that feeling too. Just because
someone doesn't write correctly or use proper grammar doesn't mean that
they don't get the beauty behind the poem. To Thomas...learn the basics

Alberto from United States
Comment 55 of 550, added on July 23rd, 2005 at 8:14 PM.

This poem is...well, frankly, the hamster on the wheel inside my head is
too tired to think of any worthy descriptions. There's just a feeling to
it, a tone, a flavor that warms you and chills you. Everyone is
caged...everyone wants to be free. Hundreds, thousands, possibly millions
of men and women have lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom...it would
be better to be dead, sometimes, than to live life out safely behind bars,
shackled with our wings clipped. A day as a free bird, unfettered and
unchained, is worth a lifetime of safety cooped up, sometimes. What do you

Alice from United States
Comment 54 of 550, added on July 18th, 2005 at 4:54 PM.

The poem itself is beautiful. It is a shame so many of the people
providing comments claim to be "studying," yet cannot spell or use grammar.
Learn the basics first.

Thomas from United States
Comment 53 of 550, added on July 15th, 2005 at 8:08 PM.

I love the poem. It isn't for any certain people, it's a poem that has no
barrier, a parable for all that are caged, confined, trapped. It may be by
obligation, situation, limitations of health-- any situation that cages our
desires. I know why the caged bird sings and if you think about it, you do

Barbara from United States
Comment 52 of 550, added on July 9th, 2005 at 5:41 PM.


KIA from United States
Comment 51 of 550, added on July 6th, 2005 at 3:19 AM.

I am currently studying Maya Angelou's work in companrison with Alice
Walker at A-Level. I found this poem so entriging and how complex an
interpretation can seem so perfect. I believe the poem is about struggle
and how hope still can come out of a somewhat gloomy situation. I would
like to thank everyone on this site, it was brillant to read how people of
different backgrounds intrepreted this poem. Be in peace x

Jasmine from United Kingdom

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Poet: Maya Angelou
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