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Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
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  • Bremda Hooks (4/11/2014 10:34:00 PM)

    Our ancestors were 'caged birds' with clipped wings and who sang for freedom. Freedom that 'we' now have, to do our will and fly. (Report) Reply

  • Damo Geka (3/8/2014 12:40:00 PM)

    my Aunty Aria got an awesome twelve month old GMC just by part-time work online... straight from the source http: //www.lock90.com (Report) Reply

  • Callie May (2/17/2014 12:02:00 PM)

    @Patricia Sanders She also said that she wrote some of the parts of the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Callie May (2/17/2014 11:58:00 AM)

    @Patricia Sanders Maya Angelou did not just steal this idea. In the front of the book she put under ACKNOWLEDGMENTS that the title came from Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem Sympathy. So i suggest that you put a little more research into accusing some one of stealing an idea. She is not saying it was her idea. Maya just simply thought that the title would fit her book. (Report) Reply

  • Bob Mitchell (2/3/2014 6:41:00 PM)

    @Patricia Saunders - Someone (an artist) once said to me 'All art is plagiarism'. No idea is ever pure and free of an artist's own experience and influences. Angelou has deliberately taken Dunbar's poem and done something different with it, and both works stand on their own as good poems, each to be taken on its own merits. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen W (1/21/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    @Patricia Saunders:
    You are taking the people on here too seriously: -) Don't let 'em get to you.
    It's the Internet. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen W (1/21/2014 5:39:00 PM)

    I know why the caged bird sings. He is genetically programmed to do so. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Saunders (1/19/2014 10:25:00 AM)

    Reading these comments about her poem just sends me into a frenzy. She stole the whole idea of the poem, she stole the title, she lifted whole sections from Laurence Dunbar's poem, Sympathy. She blatantly ripped off a black poet who wrote in the early 20th century, decades before she did.
    Why is she celebrated for this poem? Read his, it's much finer, and it's original. (Report) Reply

  • Charles Monroe (12/29/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    ”For the Gangster Sh_t I do

    Mother Earth and Father Time
    Listen to your Children’s rhyme
    Hoping prayer can get me through
    All the Gangster Shit I do.

    Word to Wordsworth, word to Keats
    Hieroglyphs within my sheets
    Word to Gorky, Word to Pablo
    Word to Diego, and Leonardo
    I am the result of those
    Of whom Time and Nature chose.

    Word to Juana word to Sylvia
    Word to Sandra and Virginia
    Word to Maya Angelou
    My graffiti Popol Vuh,
    Hope the Universe forgive me
    For the Gangster shit I do.

    P.X
    12.30.13
    Just another caged bird singing... (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/19/2013 7:40:00 PM)

    I am not a big fan of Maya, but this is a lovely poem. I hope everyone understands though that this poem is not wholly original. She took from Dunbar's poem, Sympathy. Read it and see. Dunbar's work is way better. (Report) Reply

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