Analysis Of The Poem ' The Caged Bird ' Essay

1405 Words Oct 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Artists, poets, and writers are not only able to paint a picture of humanity, but appeal to one’s emotional humanity through their work. Maya Angelou gives a literary and political voice to African Americans which enables people to work against anti-black racism. Her poetry evokes the fundamental socio-political message of the Black Lives Matter movement, the affirmation of black people’s contribution to society, humanity, and resilience to oppression. The juxtaposition of freedom and restriction in the Caged Bird, the freedom from social expectations in Harlem Hopscotch, and the resilience against discrimination in Still I Rise illuminates the need for a progressive society in which anti- Black racism is no longer dividing people.
The Caged Bird portrays the need for black Americans to write, sing, dance, and cry out for the freedom they deserved. Their voices like that of the caged bird are heard throughout the nation, using the platform of the Black Lives Matter Movement. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a poem about injustice. It is also a poem rich in imagery and symbolism about people who dare to hope while facing almost impossible odds. The imagery of the caged bird is both metaphorical and literal. A free bird can enjoy its freedom and unrestricted life, a symbol of the white race (Mcmurry 111). Contrastingly, a caged bird “can seldom see through his bars of rage/ his wings are clipped and his feet are tied/ so he opens his throat to sing,” a symbol of the…

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