By Maya Angelou
I think that this poem shows a lot of symbolism with the birds. I think that the free bird symbolizes the while man, while the caged bird represents an African-American slave.
The language and imagery in this poem is very strong. I can see the bird swooping towards the sun in the poem while reading it.
I think that this poem is about slavery/ freedom- how the slave doesn't know what freedom is or what it feels like, yet he sings of it. And how the free bird boasts and brags and controls the "sky".
Theme(s) of Poem
This brings a dark, sinister and depressing feeling to the poem. He is afraid, so it darkens the mood from the cheerful scene that the free bird had created.
Freedom: "and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky."
The free bird is swooping and dancing in the sun to show off to the caged bird how much it can do with its freedom. This is also a good example of the theme jealousy.