Essay Analysis Of The Poem ' I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings '

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“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”explication
The poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” tells us of a caged bird and how it longs for freedom. The bird can only do so much in the cage he is in. He wants to explore, and be like the free bird. So, the bird sings of a day when he can be free. The theme of this poem is how racism can affect people, and the insecurities that follow. The poem is a lyrical poem and also a narrative poem, because the poem tells the story of the strong feelings of the caged bird. The poem is also a blank verse. The tone of the poem is very emotional, and dramatic. The author uses phrases such as “his bars of rage,”“fearful trill,” and “grave of dreams,” to emphasize how badly the bird is longing to be free. The author also uses imagery. In stanza one, lines three, four, and five the author states, “of the wind and floats downstream Till the current ends and dips his wing In the orange sun’s rays.” This example of imagery shows the readers exactly what the caged bird is longing for. Personification is used throughout the poem, in stanza three the author states, “the sighing trees.” Personification displays the peacefulness of the bird’s dream. The poem compares two types of birds; free and caged. These birds are metaphors. The caged bird represents the African American population, and also Angelou herself. This is because, during Angelou’s lifetime, she had gone through many tragedies. “Her mother’s boyfriend had raped her when she was young. Her…

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