Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
July 8th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 293,174 comments.
Paul Laurence Dunbar - Sympathy

I know what the caged bird feels, alas! 
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; 
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, 
And the river flows like a stream of glass; 
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes, 
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals-- 
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing 
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars; 
For he must fly back to his perch and cling 
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing; 
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars 
And they pulse again with a keener sting-- 
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, 
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,-- 
When he beats his bars and he would be free; 
It is not a carol of joy or glee, 
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core, 
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings-- 
I know why the caged bird sings! 

Share |

Added: Mar 17 2005 | Viewed: 30672 times | Comments and analysis of Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar Comments (160)

Sympathy - Comments and Information

Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poem: Sympathy

Comment 160 of 160, added on July 1st, 2015 at 5:59 AM.
UwgpjwXhPpTorJBWaiC

Ob4tLp Really informative article.Thanks Again. Cool.

links crorkzz from Sweden
Comment 159 of 160, added on June 9th, 2015 at 8:52 AM.
xlRFxqgctTnRAU

sJoFEn Great blog post.Thanks Again. Awesome.

crorkzz linkbuilding from Rwandese Republic (Rwanda)
Comment 158 of 160, added on May 30th, 2015 at 11:24 PM.
LgmzWjFxICO

YOKM1h whoah this blog is fantastic i love reading your articles. Keep up the great work! You know, many people are searching around for this information, you could aid them greatly.

crorkzz service from Dominica

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Sympathy, has received 160 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Dunbar Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links