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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  • Rookie - 164 Points Dr.subhendu Kar (5/12/2014 2:23:00 PM)

    oh what a write of freedom being captive yet craving to curve shape of own god awaking to ensamble, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alufa Joshua (5/4/2014 2:35:00 AM)

    sharing this poem alone is like making the freedom of heart come to pass........ thanks alot! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Damo Geka (3/8/2014 12:40:00 PM)

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  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 369 Points 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

  • Rookie - 369 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

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