Maya Angelou

" I know why the caged bird sings"

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poet research

The title of this poem is " I know why the caged bird sings" written by Maya Angelou.


This poem is heavily influenced by her whole life. When Angelou was little her parents split up, and in her poem writes, " But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see though his bars of rage." which seems similar to her life as a child; She got raped by her mothers boyfriend and fought restlessly for equal rights against blacks and whites, which in her poem explains how this bird is so helpless and cant move so he uses his voice to reach out to others and to let people know he wants to be free. Later in Angelou's life she fought and fought for the freedom of others, which relates to her poem when she wrote, "and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn and names the sky his own.


This poem relates to Angelou's life because she had a rough life; going through world war ll and the murder of one of her good friends, Martin Luther King Jr.

poem explication

The title of this poem is "I know why the caged bird sings" written by Maya Angelou. In the poem Angelou writes "and dares to claim the sky" that means that the poet is trying to stand up against someone or something and wants to be free but trying to stand up for them and others is a big risk that they're taking.


when the poet says "But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing." it means that the poet trys to push it away but no matter she does she always feels rage so she tells someone that can help.


the poem says " the caged bird sings with a fearful trill" which means the poet is afraid to speak up but she still does anyway for the best of things .


in the peom it says " waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own." which means the person finally got what he wanted.


when the poem talks about the bird not being free and cant move so it starts to make sound to let people know what it wants.


the bird being afraid to sing knowing that it might get hurt it still sings because it is trying to get freedom


in conclusin the peom is about this bird tring to get free.

Natures gift

Why do flys seem so gross and unappealing to everyone? Is it because they sit on your food? They have to eat to live like the rest of us. Flys are a lot like us. But yet flys are elegant and swift, they are like wind, soft but yet can cause damage. God created all creatures but yet we rip them up and take them for granted or judge. But they haven't do anything to harm us, we harm them. We are the devils and we judged us you'd think that God wouldn't forgive us but his love is conditional for us and we can't replace that.