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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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  • Rookie Elmira Faal (1/29/2013 1:58:00 AM)

    I love this poem.It's a sad poem that tugs at my heartstrings.I reckon that it wants to manifest freedom and how it is worth like a king's ransom for human beings.Freedom and liberty are twin pillars on which the theme of this poem is built on. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Autumn Barnes (12/8/2012 5:48:00 PM)

    The people who keep their opinions to themselves, and don't try for the best for themselves will get nothing out of life, the people who strive for better and say what they think and how they feel will get the best that life has to offer to them. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie *~aubrey~* 3 (12/7/2012 12:28:00 AM)

    3rd stanza needs an edit...
    ~***~
    On the distant hill
    For the caged bird
    Sings of freedom
    ~***~
    But lovely poem anyways :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shiela Marie Anunciacion (11/17/2012 4:54:00 AM)

    Something free will never know how to appreciate certain things but something restraint will most likely appreciate even something it is afraid of because it has nothing else to do except that...

    a beautiful poem of freedom and speech~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Grace Mcgee (11/13/2012 6:00:00 PM)

    Oh my gosh its so beautiful but so sad and powerful could you please look at my poem and comment (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 14 Points ! ? (10/24/2012 11:42:00 AM)

    this poem is so wrought with beauty you can almost reach out and touch it. One of my favorites! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Artemidorous Rent (10/18/2012 4:16:00 PM)

    I believe there is an error -

    The free bird leaps
    on the back of the win

    Me thinks it is wind not win (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Makayla Johnson (9/20/2012 12:46:00 PM)

    Of things unknown but longed for still... A line I know well. I feel this poem in my soul. More profound than simple words. It's a feeling. Freedom is a beautiful thought but so few of us have ever felt what it is to truly be free. Our wings are clipped, but still we sing. Sing because the most beautiful songs come from longing and pain. And the most beautiful voices are the ones that ring through the dark.

    Amazing poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,361 Points Hebert Logerie Sr. (8/23/2012 10:36:00 PM)

    This poem ought to be dedicated to Paul Laurence Dunbar, who died in 1904. He wrote a poem entitled Sympathy, which has an incredible resemblance to this poem I know why the caged bird sings. Unfotunately, Brother Dunbar did not entitle his poem correctly. Readers, please read Dunbar's famous poem Sympathy, you will be enlightened; you will see exactly what I mean. On the other hand, Maya is very visual; she is a good writer; she knows how to catch her readers's attention. Maya is an incredible sniper, she always hits the core of the heart. I feel that I had to give credit, where credit is due. I enjoy reading both poems and I love both poems: my brother and my sister. Hebert Logerie (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anita Venter (8/21/2012 2:27:00 PM)

    ... not like anyone would really get this poem; you all search for who its author is (Report) Reply

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