Moreover, the caged bird chooses to sing as this is the only freedom available to him, that he can enjoy without any restriction. A bird tied to the ground represents an image completely opposite to its true nature of flight. This method of contrast that she uses throughout the poem is powerful to highlight the comfort of freedom and how the poet achieves a better understanding of the ease of freedom by comparing it with something worse. Racism and Segregation Maya confronts the insidious effects of racism and segregation in America at a very young age. She felt that in some ways, she was still experiencing slavery.
Some of the major literary devices have been analyzed below. The bird wishes to travail against all adversities. We all love to root for the underdog, right? You might have heard of her. The poem is indeed a work of art. While the free bird gets to enjoy the full sky, the caged bird rarely even gets a glimpse of the sky. An autobiography with a similar title was also released portraying the entire life of the author, Maya Angelou, and how she battles for freedom of expression and equal rights for Black Americans like her. The caged bird sings with a fearful trill Of things unknown but longed for still And his tune is heard on the distant hill for The caged bird sings of freedom.
She often felt that her words were not heard because of the color of her skin. She wrote and sang and danced because it was her way of expressing her longing for freedom. Between Toni Morrison and Oprah, we're pretty used to hearing stories about awesome black women these days. It is clear that this title had great significance to Angelou, as it was the title to her entire life story. Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. This sentence is ironic as the caged bird is the one singing not the free bird as we expect. Fifth Stanza This last stanza focuses on the caged bird yet again.
It desires with all its heart to escape its plight. With the wind in his feathers, water and earth beneath him, and the whole sky with him, he feels majestic in his freedom and calls the entire sky his own domain. This is the quote my mom has been telling me every day since I was 13 and able to understand it. The first is of the free bird that is for the white Americans or free people, while the caged bird is the metaphor of African Americans and their captivity in the social norms. The caged bird is a symbol of imprisonment, while his song is a symbol of freedom. This metaphorically is presented as clipped wings and bound feet and narrow cage.
The title was, of course, taken from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Nevertheless, he becomes too drunk to see his daughter shining with pride over her accomplishment in the seat next to him on the way home. With this opening scene Angelou encapsulates the struggles that Maya will face in the years to come. The free bird thinks of another breeze And the trade winds soft through The sighing trees And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright Lawn and he names the sky his own. This stanza imparts a sense of unfairness and longing. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was a bestseller for two years. The poet is an African- American.
How does friendship with Louise change Maya? When she finally emerged, Caged Bird was by her side. Plenty of pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. The free bird thinks of another breeze And the trade winds soft through The sighing trees And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright Lawn and he names the sky his own. It alludes to the fact that, how the colored races are treated in comparison to the whites. These ominous words are references to isolation and they are disturbing compared with freedom. Just like how the bird attempts to claim the sky, the current and the wind supports its flight. Third Stanza The third stanza reverts back to the free bird, further cementing the difference between the free bird and the caged bird in the minds of the readers.
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. When it came out in 1969, it was one of the first books to honestly depict the experiences of a black woman growing up in the south. She comes to learn how the pressures of living in a thoroughly racist society have profoundly shaped the character of her family members, and she strives to surmount them. Caged Bird covers some interesting trivia: At 16, Angelou decided to become a streetcar conductor in San Francisco because she liked the uniforms. She has so many dreams that have died because she was never given the freedom to achieve all that her white counterparts were able to achieve. Maya Angelou made literary history being the very first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.
Big Bailey buys flashy clothes and drives a fancy car to proclaim his worth and runs around with women to assert his masculinity in the face of dehumanizing and emasculating racism. In the first stanza, the author seems to want the readers to be accustomed to the idea of the being free in a picturesque guise of a flying bird soaring in the skies. You can clearly see how the author may have started the poem with an intent to instill the feeling of a calm and light atmosphere before preparing the reader to the contrast that is to come in the second stanza. Since I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was a book about a black girl struggling to become an independent woman, it fit right in with the goals of the Civil Rights and Feminist movements. Third Stanza: The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom The caged bird has a wavering voice. When she is thirteen and moves to San Francisco with her mother, Bailey, and Daddy Clidell, she feels that she belongs somewhere for the first time.