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    • POEM: Caged Bird by Maya Angelou (2/27/2012 5:56:00 PM)

      Maya Angelou’s poem “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” is a very inspiring and motivational poem. At first glance this poem is seems to convey a simple meaning of a bird in the cage wanting freedom, but once you look deeper into the poem you notice that the poem is about much more than that. The poem conveys the struggle that black people faced during the years of slavery and into the early 1900’s. The poem also continually talks about search for freedom during these years. There are many contrasts in the poem between the struggles and confinement the bird (black people during slavery) faces and having freedom and being able to live in an open world with nothing holding them back from anything they wanted to do. This is shown between the two lines “The free bird thinks of another breeze” and “But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams”. In closing this poem is a fantastic allegory to show how the black slaves were segregated and their search for freedom.