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

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“I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” was written by Maya Angelou in 1969, was originally inspired by Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy”. Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and dominated the New York Bestseller list for two years.This poem we will be deconstructing today, contrasts the ultimate struggles of a caged bird attempting to rise above the limitations of adverse and unfortunate surroundings with the flight of a bird that is free.

Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis Missouri on April 4, 1928. Throughout her life, she became on of the most renowned and influential voices of all time.Angelou attained over 50 honorary doctorate degrees, and became a celebrated poet, educator, actress, historian, dramatist, producer, filmmaker and civil rights activist.

During the 1930’s and 1940’s, Arkansas represented the American south and its practice of racial discrimination, slavery and brutality. Maya, as a young child struggled with having been abandoned and rejected by her parents.

Throughout her childhood she never felt equal to other black children. Growing up, Maya faces southern racism and sexual violence. The aftermath of these situations had forced her to stop speaking because believed she had become a mouthpiece for the devil when she denied in court that a man had molested her prior to rape. She felt she was responsible for the violent murder of the criminal. Introduced to Mrs. Bertha Flowers, an educated, kind woman, Maya is…

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