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Analysis and comments on I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

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Comment 9 of 509, added on January 4th, 2005 at 11:37 PM.

I thank God for my friend patrick washington for sharing this poem with me
it touch me and blessed me helped me to go higher inthe Lord

broderick from United States
Comment 8 of 509, added on December 30th, 2004 at 4:05 PM.

This poem is great. Ms. Angelou describes all of the pain and torment that
Blacks had to go through during the Civil Rights Movement. I mean she
should know anyways because she was there fighting for her rights on the
picket line. She tells of the enclosement and segregation shown by the
cage. The bird was all of the Blacks. The caged bird sings for freedom so
no matter if you clip it's wigs or tie it's legs it won't stop fighting for
what it wants - freedom. Estefania 13

Estefania Espinoza from United States
Comment 7 of 509, added on November 24th, 2004 at 1:56 PM.

she is an amazing woman, she has been through so much and survived. she is
an inspiration to women every where. her poems and novels are so well
written and full of passion. i love this poem its emotive and universal.

jasmine from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 509, added on October 28th, 2004 at 10:36 AM.

WOW! This is by far the most incredible poem I've ever read! The power and
meaning that Ms. Angelou puts behind this (and all of her other work as
well) is so completely compelling! A poem like this is the kind of thing
that anyone in any time frame can relate to whether it's 200 years ago,
today, or 200 years into the future. The truth is, we're all slave to
SOMETHING in this world; and that's not necessarily so bad, but it is true.
The message that I got from this was that when you "clip someones wings"
you're taking away their freedom; you might as well have taken their life,
because taking something so precious as freedom, is just like taking life.
That's God's job and it should stay that way!

Nina Swenk from United States
Comment 5 of 509, added on October 11th, 2004 at 9:02 PM.

this is the best poem ever

josh harper from United States
Comment 4 of 509, added on September 26th, 2004 at 6:24 PM.

I love this poem, it is one that almost anyone could relate to in some way.
plato and socrotes had a theory that we live in an idea world, as souls
trapped in our bodies, prisoners in a way... this came to mind when I read
the poem again today. not only are we all slaves to our own body, in a
sense everyone is a slave to something else besides their body and its
needs as well, wether that be fashion, work, addiction, obsessions,
food.... or to a majority of things of the material world.. but one day we
can claim the sky as our own too, when we are all truely free. mya angelou
is a caged bird singing ~ that poem is one of her songs. my granda smoked
cigarettes for 60 years and i saw in her in her hospital bed with tubes and
iv's hooked up on her. she was a caged bird, when she passed away
everything was unhooked and she had a peaceful look on her face, she was
not in pain anymore, she is free. know i too know why the caged bird

Comment 3 of 509, added on September 18th, 2004 at 10:30 PM.

I am 41 years old and have been writing poetry since I was a teenager. I
have never published, nor do I intend on, publishing any of it. I have
always been inspired by the way that Ms. Angelou can use rather common
words, yet express such a deep felt meaning that runs through out your
soul. You feel and re-feel every word and every thought she intended. Her
work comes to life on paper and performs freely for the reader to
visualize. Her work is phenominal and I will continue to be one of her

Teresa from United States
Comment 2 of 509, added on September 13th, 2004 at 6:56 PM.

This poem is the best poem I have ever read.When I read it I just wanted to
read it and read it again.

Comment 1 of 509, added on September 9th, 2004 at 5:23 PM.

This poem, these words are like a knife piercing the heart of a fragile
child. This poem captures all and everything we need and want. You cannot
lock something up or someone up and expect it to grow and learn and be
happy. NO! everything needs its freedom.You must cry out and show you need
to be free,to be loved. I know why the caged bird sings, the caged bird
sings for freedom. Something we all need to sing for, cry for, breath for.
for the caged bird can only sing, for freedom.


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