I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Poet- Maya Angelou/ Reporter- Emily Paul

Why I did the poem

I did this poem because it was extremely powerful and takes you on a journey to what life was for the slaves. The way she words it is beautiful and melodic. Maya used birds to describe how she felt interally, giving the reader a perspective insight on the slaves feelings and hers.

Rage, Fearful, Freedom, Nightmare, Unknown

These words are powerful and tell the strong emotions in the poem. How she felt during that time period, the rage, how fearful she was, and how she still longed for freedom even though it was unknown.

Phrases from ''I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings''

''The caged bird sings with fearful trill
of the things unknown but longed for still
and is tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom''


Maya Angelou



This is very important in the poem because it tells you how much she longs for freedom and how it came to her. She wanted freedom even though she didn't know what came with it, just to finally be free.

My Theme

My theme is a representation of a colorful bird that represents freedom to come to her. This page (or at least what I am trying to do) is give hope to the reader that she did find freedom and hope after the poem, and that she didn't suffer longer.

Poetic Device

Mine does common rhythm. She will not rhyme all of the time,but she does use a rhythm to it.