Nelson Period 3 February 13, 2012 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou In the poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings written by Maya Angelou, the poet uses personification, symbolism and metaphors to show how precious freedom is. Read the excerpt from Part 4 of The Odyssey. Even though she and the clerk of the streetcar office have no personal history or disagreement, they must have a conflict with one another because racism dictates it. Shame made me want to hide my face. I'm guessing that these descriptions are telling the reader the weather belongs to a warm season like Spring. Maya claims that her childhood playmates described her 'as being shit color' and having a head 'covered with black steel wool,' while Bailey 'was lauded for his velvet-black skin. Mallory is currently enrolled at the University of North Texas, and is getting a degree in English Literature with a minor in Marketing.
Modern day Americans, of all races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds, can relate to feeling imprisioned as the narrator does in this poem. 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! It was about this time that Daddy built him a go-cart and I had to pull him around. His hand, trembling, reached out, and when he touched the casket he screamed. 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! This relief enables us to reach to more depth and appreciate freedom. The title itself suggests imprisonment as the overlying theme.
The poem is a Metaphor illustrating the differences between African-Americans and Whites during the civil rights era. One More Example Poem: Metaphor: The title is a metaphor comparing gangsters to alley rats. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. This is where Angelou weaves the metaphor of the caged bird that she introduces in her title. He cleverly notes that the names of the beards are a verbal guise used to cover their hideous acts, much in the same way the beards disguise their faces. In Maya Angelou's poem, the hope of the caged bird to be free becomes synonymous with the inspiration to achieve freedom of the African American freedom fighters. Which line from the passage shows Maya Angelou's adult viewpoint? Next, list characteristics of the second noun, place or thing.
The caged bird, however, feels the opposite. I know this because the metaphor of the whole poem has to do with the divide between black and white people from back in the day. Explain that metaphors were used in the poem to contrast the images of feeling free with feeling confined. Here, she begins to see the solace that many blacks feel in their resignation and acceptance of prejudice and racism. She feels this way due to the racist society she lives in. Define metaphor as a comparison between two unrelated places or things. Stamps, Arkansas When Maya is very young, her life in Stamps is so segregated that she doesn't have to endure a lot of prejudice, but as she gets older, she begins to see her town more clearly.
How does the caged bird feel? The metaphor for hope in this poem is when the caged bird sings for hope of having a better life. This post is part of the series: Analyzing the Elements of Poetry. Thus, Maya comparing the sheriff to a gentle squire that is protective of his tenants smacks of sarcasm and irony. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. Example: Excitement is a train moving fast along the track Its destination anticipated quickly reaching impact Sharing Poems Ask for a few volunteers to read their poems aloud. Mr Paul has cause to smile in the grave every now and then.
Voices came down to me in anguish, calling my name for the last time. The bird's song symbolizes the cries of freedom, and the combination of the two represents the need for every living thing to reach its full potential, something that cannot be done amid barriers and fear. Then we will consider how feelings are expressed and how the author used metaphor. GradeSaver, 3 March 2000 Web. Maya's Feelings About Herself as a Child On top of everything else she must deal with, Maya also believes that she is ugly and awkward. The tone of the poem is powerful and meaningful and all of the emotions from the poem have to do with the oppressing effects of racism and segregation in America. The setting in place according to this poem takes place in different locations to the two types of birds in the poem.
She is also a lover of cats, coffee, and conversation. Maya herself was a performer. Flowers gave to the people around her, a sense of appreciation. As long as the bird is in the cage, he will not reach his true potential. My men were mutinous, fools, on stores of wine. Her story continues in other parts of the United States like St. This series of comparisons is particularly poignant because it successfully describes racism.
In the 1930s, the United States was madly suffering from racial segregation, and Stamps, Arkansas, the setting for the beginning of the book, was no different. I liked this stanza because the narrator uses few, simple words and still manages to have a brilliant poem with meaningful emotions in it. Louis to stay with their mother. I have provided analysis with my examples to show you what I mean. Analysis: A caged bird is unable to enjoy the freedom of other birds due to its cage, clipped wings, and tied feet. I happened to glance aft at ship and oarsmen and caught sight of their arms and legs, dangling high overhead. Then, Momma left out the verb.
This is just one example, my example on how relatable poems are even if they are hundreds of years old. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. The writer is giving the shadow human like traits by stating this. Ask the class: What are the feelings expressed in this poem? This sentence is ironic as the caged bird is the one singing not the free bird as we expect. Birds fly where the weather is warm with no snow. Ask students to take out a sheet of paper to write their own feeling poem.
When I use the term metaphor poem, I refer to poems that are metaphors and not just a poem that contains metaphors. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings The imagery in this poem reflects the emotions and freedom the two birds experienced. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. I have provided analysis with my examples to show you what I mean. This may be one of the loneliest periods in Angelou's life, but in some ways, it made her stronger and more able to survive in the white's world, even though it was a terrible ordeal.