Caged Bird vs Free Bird

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Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

"Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou

By Lauren Ayube

Published in 1983 in Maya Angelou’s poetry collection Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing, “Caged Bird” is about the experiences and life views of a free bird versus a caged bird. The metaphor of the two birds illustrates the difference between privilege and power, and suffering and resilience. It also symbolizes the difference between African Americans and white people during the Civil Rights Movement.

Caged Bird

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Compare and contrast how Maya Angelou talks about each bird using a T Chart!

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  • Free Bird
  • Caged Bird
  • "And the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn, and he names the sky his own." This means that the free bird is living in the light, has plenty of food, and the whole sky is free; there are no limits.
  • "But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams, his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream." This means that his dreams have died and are unattainable because he is confined.
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