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 - 1 Points Himanshu Mishra (3/16/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    Gave me tears in my eyes...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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: // (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Sacco (2/18/2014 8:19:00 PM)

    dignity, liberty, justice (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Freshman - 1,043 Points Drkgbalakrishnan Kandangath (1/21/2014 7:54:00 PM)

    Only aged bird knows the value of freedom. (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

  • Rookie Patricia Saunders (1/19/2014 10:23:00 AM)

    She stole it, blatantly stole it, from Paul Laurence Dunbar. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 249 Points Mysia Hayling (1/9/2014 1:15:00 PM)

    Very interesting and evoking poem from maya. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points 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.

    Just another caged bird singing... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points 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

  • Rookie izzy The Unicorn (12/18/2013 2:30:00 PM)

    I love this poem I rate this a 11 out of 10! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Jide Pounds (11/26/2013 1:58:00 PM)

    Beautiful poetry, i really loves tis, its an internal resorceful poetry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Edna Kageye (11/25/2013 3:17:00 AM)

    it is beautiful.imagine the 'caged ' is in chains, no freedom and the body parts are tied but is able to express itself through the mouth which is not chained (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Poems 7137 (11/7/2013 9:13:00 AM)

    A bird's melody makes up for its's lost freedom...For only when caged can it know freedom's real song..! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Belle 13 (10/27/2013 7:32:00 AM)

    wow its superb gives us really a deep message (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lily Mccambridge (10/14/2013 6:10:00 PM)

    I am curious as to if the caged bird would sing, if let free. (Report) Reply

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