Caged Bird By Maya Angelou: Poem Analysis

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“Caged Bird,” by Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, a poet, a writer, a mother, and a victim of rape. (Philadelphia Tribune). Maya Angelou was raped by her mother's boyfriend, was a single mother at the age of seventeen, and was bullied because of her skin color. (Suzette A., Henke). Maya Angelou has wrote many books and poems throughout her life. Maya Angelou often binds in her emotionally disturbing childhood to her work, and even though Maya Angelou had a traumatizing childhood, her books and poetry became famous because of it. (Allen, and Austin). One of Maya Angelou’s most famous poems is called, “Caged Bird.” The poem “Caged Bird,” was wrote in her book called, “Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing,” in 1983. (Family Friends Poems web). This poem, Caged …show more content…
Angelou went to Arkansas University to do her post graduate work, and received many scholarly rewards. (Robinson, Mary 2). Angelou was very grateful for her awards, and went on to cherish every single one of them. One of her many successful books called, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” is a book that is similar to the poem “Caged Bird.” In the book, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” Maya Angelou writes about what she did throughout her life, her traumatizing childhood, and about her writing. (Robinson, Mary 1). The book also provides a thorough background of her family. Both “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” and “Caged bird,” talks about Angelou’s life, and about her emotions when she talked about her past experiences. In the book Angelou says, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” (Robinson, Mary 1). In the poem, just like in the book, she talks about when she did tell the untold story. Angelou says in the poem, “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.” (Angelou, Maya). Angelou expresses in the book, and in the poem how great, but yet sad it was to talk about her

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