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Analysis and comments on Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Comment 19 of 149, added on October 25th, 2007 at 1:44 PM.

'Sympathy' is a powerful echo of Fredrick Douglas' experiences as an
American slave. It depicts oppression and suffering those enslaved -both
physically and psychologically- undergo in a symbolic and subtle way.

N. Seurey from Kenya
Comment 18 of 149, added on July 6th, 2007 at 11:46 AM.

This poem is symbolic of everyday life for enslaved african americans. They
were the caged bird, desperatley trying to be free.

Mike Gray from United States
Comment 17 of 149, added on March 27th, 2007 at 2:58 AM.

Dunbar feels that the caged bird sings for not that he is happy, but that
he is crying and awaiting to be saved from the torture he has endured for
so long. But then my thoughts are, why be sympathetic. Why not instead
rescue the caged bird from its depression and conflictions, why must one
watch and stand by while the caged bird suffers and dies slowly from all
the weight of its troubles. That is what Dunbar’s poem was for, he wrote it
to ask us why have we stood by and watched as we as a people (African
Amreican)have been the caged bird constantly beating its wings against the
cage and crying out not singing for our freedom.

starleana holmes from Barbados
Comment 16 of 149, added on January 17th, 2007 at 11:50 AM.

i really enjoy this poem because it shows the circle of life and suffering
from everyday life. everyone can relates to this poem.

mihir from India
Comment 15 of 149, added on March 27th, 2006 at 4:58 AM.

THE POEM SYMPATHY IS ONE EVIDENCE THA DUNBAR HAS EXPERIENCED THE
PROTOTYPICAL STRUGGLR FOR FREEDOM AND SELF WORTH.THE POEM TILL AN EXTENT
DOES DEPICT THE ENDLESS STRUGGLE OF THE BIRD BUT ALSO JUXTAPOSING IT ARE
THE ZESTFUL SAVVY IMAGES OF CREATIVE ENERGY .

MONISHA from India
Comment 14 of 149, added on February 21st, 2006 at 1:28 AM.

I love how he turned the desperation and oppression his people felt into
this lovely metaphor of human suffering and the impact of society.

kerin from Chile
Comment 13 of 149, added on February 2nd, 2006 at 9:26 PM.

Dunbar does allude to slavery,racism and restrictions-all of which Maya
Angelou encountered in her young life in Stamps, Arkansas. She chose the
caged bird as the title of her autobiography; she, too felt the negativity
Dunbar did but also saw the positiveness in the cage. Stamps was her cage,
her cocoon into which she could crawl and be protected from the harshness
of her world.

Penny from United States
Comment 12 of 149, added on January 18th, 2006 at 9:22 PM.

this poem is about reality that everyone had and has and will have feeling
about it. slavery and racism are all over the world ,but only afew of us
stand up and sayor write something out loud agaist it. I respect everyone
who looks for the freedom....keep your head up.

abdalla from Sudan
Comment 11 of 149, added on December 16th, 2005 at 2:59 PM.

i love that poem because most people can relate to what the peom vibe that
it is giving off. and it touch me because i do feel like a caged bird at
times.and people can relate to it in diferent ways.

Brion'ka Crockett from United States
Comment 10 of 149, added on December 15th, 2005 at 6:06 PM.

Paul Laurence Dunbar portrays the struggles of everyday man through the use
of the caged bird. The cage symbolizes entrapement and represents society's
restrictions and boundaries. The bird's endless struggle for freedom is
restricted by the very bars of the cage. Yet the bird doesn't ever give in.
He continues to persevere and beat his wings against the cage in an effort
to escape. Dunbar demonstrates man's desire to be a part of a world which
they are denied access to.

Bryan from United States

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