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Sympathy - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals--
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting--
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings--
I know why the caged bird sings!


Comments about Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Gold Star - 8,831 Points Hebert Logerie Sr. (10/13/2015 2:41:00 AM)

    Paul L. Dunbar is on of my favorite poet. He knows what the caged bird feels. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Margeret Downes-minger (7/5/2015 3:13:00 PM)

    A lovely poem. So intense! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,881 Points Godfrey Morris (4/29/2015 5:39:00 PM)

    This is the original. How beautiful. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sympathy

  1. 1. Sympathy , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  2. 2. Sympathy , Emma Lazarus
  3. 3. Sympathy , Rabindranath Tagore
  4. 4. A Study In Feeling , Ellis Parker Butler
  5. 5. Sympathy , Emily Jane Brontë
  6. 6. Sympathy , Robert William Service
  7. 7. For The Foxes , Charles Bukowski
  8. 8. Sympathy , Henry David Thoreau
  9. 9. Sympathy , Edgar Albert Guest
  10. 10. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  11. 11. The Albion Battleship Calamity , William Topaz McGonagall
  12. 12. Lines Written By The Side Of A River , Mary Darby Robinson
  13. 13. The Improvisatore , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  14. 14. Window Shopper , Robert William Service
  15. 15. Song Of The Future , Banjo Paterson
  16. 16. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  17. 17. On Pain , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. I Measure Every Grief I Meet (561) , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. Revelation , Robert Frost
  20. 20. My Picture , Robert William Service
  21. 21. Romance , Robert William Service
  22. 22. The Elephant Is Slow To Mate , David Herbert Lawrence
  23. 23. To Sympathy , Charlotte Dacre
  24. 24. Whimper Of Sympathy , George Meredith
  25. 25. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep , Mary Elizabeth Frye
  26. 26. Sympathy , Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  27. 27. Sympathy With Stone , Henry Treece
  28. 28. Sympathy , Eileen Myles
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