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  • POEM: A Minor Bird by Robert Frost (8/6/2010 8:19:00 AM)

    Another meaning that came to mind is that the bird, as in Maya Angelou's 'Caged Bird', is the metonymy for the people and his song is his voice. The people raise their voice to protest or to express their views on the social injustices of this time. But the speaker/poet is tired or feels annoyed to hear this all day long. So he does something to scare away the people expressing their views. Perhaps he wrote something to counter their views. He feels it is their right to air their discontent or views, so he feels guilty for his actions as he knows he is going against democracy and the principles of 'freedom of speech'.

  • POEM: Caged Bird by Maya Angelou (8/5/2010 11:11:00 PM)

    Natasha's comment is right on target. There are two contrasts: one bird is free and can do whatever he pleases, the other bird is surrounded by his 'bars of rage' in complete captivity. 'His wings are clipped and his feet are tied'. So the bird can only imagine what freedom might be outside, and he's got only his song to express his dashed hopes for freedom. The poem is an allegory for the enslavement of the black people who clamor for freedom but remain under the yoke of the white people. The birds are a personified metaphor for master and slave, and Maya Angelou foregrounds this facts to make people conscious of the predicament of racial discrimination and slavery in the past in American history. The poem ends on a pessimistic note in the last stanza as the speaker declares 'a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams' to signify that freedom is just a dead dream that might never be accomplished. In a way it still holds true as until now racial discrimination is a festering wound in our society.

  • POEM: A Minor Bird by Robert Frost (8/5/2010 1:59:00 PM)

    I have observed that Robert Frost favourite metre is the 'anapaest' in trimetre. He observes standard structure of poetry or we can say 'traditional standards'.

    This poem can be read in different layers of meaning. It could be interpreted 'literally' as an act of sour mood in which he does not tolerate the beauty of nature. However, poets use many devises to foreground language and create a deeper meaning. A similar devise was used by Maya Angelou in her poem 'Caged Bird'. So, the bird is a synechdoche or metaphor for a person who perhaps the speaker loves (could be a child or a lover) but is disturbed by him or her, even though her or his voice has all the beauty and charm. Hence, he expresses regret that his driving away a loving person is partly his fault and he wishes that he wouldn't have done that. In fact he feels guilt as he expresses: 'And of course there must be something wrong,
    in wanting to silence any song.'

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