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

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Comment 54 of 554, 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 554, 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 554, added on July 9th, 2005 at 5:41 PM.


KIA from United States
Comment 51 of 554, 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
Comment 50 of 554, added on June 21st, 2005 at 12:49 AM.

This poem has nothing to do with discrimination, read it more on the
figurative level, literaly it talks about a free bird and his rights to
leap and fly everywhere, and then there is the caged bird which cries and
longs that his song of freedom will be heard. You can put in that she as
well speaks for a person who feels so trapped that all they can do is watch
and hope to be heard! Mrs. Gawronski of Katella helped me realize to not
jump to conclusions and just beacause an African American person wrote the
poem does it mean its about alvery and longing to be free, but it can also
be about life and viewing life! So don't jump into conclusions.

TiFfAnY from United States
Comment 49 of 554, added on June 15th, 2005 at 10:53 PM.

This poem is so great and powerful for human so muz. This is because Maya
shows the discrimination between White And Black people in many USA or many
countries and she can show the power or the abilities of the black to
fighting for freedom. No matter they are prisoned with the things or the
society they still sing a song like the man who never take of a dream....
Be pound for our life whatever colour is good and noting bad at all++ love
this poem and want you to read it too. thanx

Theerawat Soonthararak from Thailand
Comment 48 of 554, added on June 15th, 2005 at 6:02 AM.

i think this poem is very good how ever i need to do an assighnmant on it
and i would be very thankfull for some feedback thanx ... god bless

michael from Australia
Comment 47 of 554, 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 554, 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 554, 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

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Poet: Maya Angelou
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