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 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 - 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.

    P.X
    12.30.13
    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 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 Alaa Hussain (10/12/2013 7:20:00 PM)

    (Days) apologized to me a friend and
    said, I've missed the old days very
    simple words routine life fixed
    principles do not budge the rest of the
    time to renew and promised era and
    tender (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kristen Graham (10/2/2013 10:45:00 AM)

    Oh My God this poem is so touching. It was so emotional. I was about to cry when i was reading this poem. Maya Angelou I look up to you in poetry. I look up to you as my role model. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 394 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/30/2013 11:06:00 AM)

    They caged his body, clipped his wings
    But could not restrain his dreamy flings
    That a free mind with a free voice rings
    No prison can hold such wonderful things (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Adriana Lopez (9/23/2013 10:59:00 AM)

    I've jst joined this site and hands down maya is at this point my favorite poet, her poems are so profound and jst amazing (Report) Reply

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