Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
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  • Gold Star - 4,859 Points Savita Tyagi (1/4/2012 1:15:00 PM)

    Beautiful. Have heard the name of poem but never read fully till today. Touches the heart. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jonny Brackney (12/29/2011 12:29:00 PM)

    a wonderful poem. puts an ache in my soul for the caged bird. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrea Myrtle (12/28/2011 9:33:00 AM)

    reading this poem was a treat to my mind... brilliantly written.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Judith Furedi (12/26/2011 11:57:00 AM)

    If I were to put a Maya Angelou's poem as #1, this would would be it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Len Webster (11/29/2011 2:48:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem - best heard in Maya Angelou's OWN voice. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Abhishek Tiwari (10/13/2011 11:05:00 PM)

    True like Sun in the east Raymond...
    The importance of freedom can be felt only if you are caged inside..,
    It is metaphorical and is applied to us too.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raymond Uyok (10/11/2011 6:04:00 PM)

    A wonderful metaphorical expression of deep feelings for the caged in all ramifications of life. Please comment on my 'The Weeping Genius' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pat Mathis (10/2/2011 8:29:00 PM)

    I think this poem is about the lack of freedom of speech. The subjects that were allowed, we were very vocal about. There were things that needed to be said at the time, but were not allowed. Note tense (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 619 Points Louis Rams (9/14/2011 11:14:00 AM)

    the caged bird sings of its plight, seeking freedom from dawn to night
    its feet are tied and his wings may be clipped, but freedoms cries come from its lips. LET FREEDOM RING! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nanthinii Mohan (9/10/2011 6:33:00 AM)

    Excellent poem resembles Paul Laurence Dunbar's 'SYMPATHY'.....after all 'great minds think alike'.....loved it.... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,936 Points Ken E Hall (8/21/2011 11:03:00 PM)

    luvli meaningful poem on the plight of freedom denied I wish I could wave a magic wand and free all including the zoo animals...for the caged bird
    sings of freedom..kind regards. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,936 Points Ken E Hall (8/21/2011 11:03:00 PM)

    luvli meaningful poem on the plight of freedom denied I wish I could wave a magic wand and free all including the zoo animals...for the caged bird
    sings of freedom..kind regards. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Puleng Issabela (8/14/2011 10:11:00 AM)

    wonderful, i think the people who have been denied the freedom to do things that their hearts wish, have better stories to tell because their freedom had been caged. i love this poem and as usual maya never cease to touch my heart with her wonderful books and poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Megan Simmons (7/21/2011 4:16:00 PM)

    I love the meaning of this poem! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie inayr (6/30/2011 8:17:00 AM)

    Never before have i tasted truth, than in this write, to give a score is an insult! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jennifer Hodge (2/18/2011 8:29:00 PM)

    a beautiful poem and a beautiful poetist...To me the caged bird sings what it feels in its heart; what it has experienced. The enjoyment of soaring in the sun and swaying in the trees. He sings with joy and he is happy and at peace with the world and himself even in a cage, he rejoices. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jacob Clinansmith (9/13/2010 11:14:00 PM)

    From this poem i learn that the author feels like a part of her is left behind a cage and hidden, and the other half of her is free and shows. She wants to show her other hal but her wing are 'clipped' and her 'feet are tied'. This poem shows me that she wants all of what is inside of her but she cant seem to show all of herself because she feels like part of her is stuck behind a cage. One question i asked ofthe text was why exactly does the caged bid sing? The answer i found to that question was singing is the only way the caged bird can be heard. Another question i aske of the text is how is this poem autobiagrphical? Th poem is autobiagraphical because the author is talking about how she truely feels inside. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jeff Clinansmith (9/12/2010 9:45:00 PM)

    I think that this poem is very true, it reflects how the bird trapped in the cage knows that there is more to life outside of his prison but he doesn't know what it is. And he longs for the freedom to go out and find out what it is in the world that he is missing. The free bird is enjoying the freedom, and maybe even is taking his freedom for granted a little.

    Igor i agree with you, freedom is the biggest happiness in the world (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Roberto Echanes (8/5/2010 11:11:00 PM)

    Natasha's comment is right on target. There are two contrasts: one bird is free and can do whatever he pleases, the other bird is surrounded by his 'bars of rage' in complete captivity. 'His wings are clipped and his feet are tied'. So the bird can only imagine what freedom might be outside, and he's got only his song to express his dashed hopes for freedom. The poem is an allegory for the enslavement of the black people who clamor for freedom but remain under the yoke of the white people. The birds are a personified metaphor for master and slave, and Maya Angelou foregrounds this facts to make people conscious of the predicament of racial discrimination and slavery in the past in American history. The poem ends on a pessimistic note in the last stanza as the speaker declares 'a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams' to signify that freedom is just a dead dream that might never be accomplished. In a way it still holds true as until now racial discrimination is a festering wound in our society. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Igor Marinovsky (6/23/2010 8:44:00 AM)

    Freedom is the biggest happiness in the world. (Report) Reply

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