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Comment 4 of 554, 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 554, 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 554, 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 554, 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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Poet: Maya Angelou
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Added: Feb 27 2004
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