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

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Comment 14 of 514, added on January 29th, 2005 at 6:10 PM.

I am a 8 year old girl and I did one of Maya Angelous poems called (Don,t
Quit) it was the bomb.

Imani from United States
Comment 13 of 514, added on January 28th, 2005 at 4:23 PM.

This poem makes me fearful yet it is inspiring. I felt suffacated when I
read about the caged bird. My throat felt closed as though I couldn't
breathe. But, the fact that though caged basically enslaven, it could
still sing is encouraging. I'll keep these words near to me to remind me
of the freedoms that I take for granted everyday. It's a reminder to be
grateful to God for my today and to humbly remember our yesterdays.

MeShea from United States
Comment 12 of 514, added on January 27th, 2005 at 2:25 PM.

Dear Ms. Angelou: I read your poem and re-read it and then I sent a copy of
it to my youngest son who recently became incarcerated. Upon visiting him a
bunch of young men stood up and said Ms Fava thank you for that poem..Your
son read it to us and then we put it up on the wall by the tv..those words
inspire, make us think and make us cry..We realize we are so like the caged
bird just wanting to be free again and appreciate those things in life we
never noticed..So Ms. Angelou I want you to know many young incarcerated
men in Schenectady County have been blessed by your poem...A grateful

Lucinda Fava from United States
Comment 11 of 514, added on January 27th, 2005 at 1:25 PM.

I am in ninth grade and i donot read very much poetry. but this is a
very good poem and it hocks you in. i like this poem alot.

douglas gray from United States
Comment 10 of 514, added on January 17th, 2005 at 3:52 AM.

hello i'm a boy from the netherlands and i have to write an essay about a
poem. I chose this poem because i really like it.
but i dont know how to analyse it, can someone help me?
and give me some information about the black experience?

thanks in advance


lord_lau from Netherlands
Comment 9 of 514, 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 514, 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 514, 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 514, 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 514, added on October 11th, 2004 at 9:02 PM.

this is the best poem ever

josh harper from United States

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