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(4 April 1928)

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
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  • Drkgbalakrishnan Kandangath (1/21/2014 7:54:00 PM)

    Only aged bird knows the value of freedom.

    46 person liked.
    46 person did not like.
  • Stephen W (1/21/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    @Patricia Saunders:
    You are taking the people on here too seriously: -) Don't let 'em get to you.
    It's the Internet.

  • Stephen W (1/21/2014 5:39:00 PM)

    I know why the caged bird sings. He is genetically programmed to do so.

  • Patricia Saunders (1/19/2014 10:25:00 AM)

    Reading these comments about her poem just sends me into a frenzy. She stole the whole idea of the poem, she stole the title, she lifted whole sections from Laurence Dunbar's poem, Sympathy. She blatantly ripped off a black poet who wrote in the early 20th century, decades before she did.
    Why is she celebrated for this poem? Read his, it's much finer, and it's original.

  • Patricia Saunders (1/19/2014 10:23:00 AM)

    She stole it, blatantly stole it, from Paul Laurence Dunbar.

  • Mysia Hayling (1/9/2014 1:15:00 PM)

    Very interesting and evoking poem from maya. I like it.

  • Charles Monroe (12/29/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    ”For the Gangster Sh_t I do

    Mother Earth and Father Time
    Listen to your Children’s rhyme
    Hoping prayer can get me through
    All the Gangster Shit I do.

    Word to Wordsworth, word to Keats
    Hieroglyphs within my sheets
    Word to Gorky, Word to Pablo
    Word to Diego, and Leonardo
    I am the result of those
    Of whom Time and Nature chose.

    Word to Juana word to Sylvia
    Word to Sandra and Virginia
    Word to Maya Angelou
    My graffiti Popol Vuh,
    Hope the Universe forgive me
    For the Gangster shit I do.

    P.X
    12.30.13
    Just another caged bird singing...

  • Richard Thripp (12/22/2013 9:31:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou should be put into a cage until she stops singing the praises of Kenyan Obama.

  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/19/2013 7:40:00 PM)

    I am not a big fan of Maya, but this is a lovely poem. I hope everyone understands though that this poem is not wholly original. She took from Dunbar's poem, Sympathy. Read it and see. Dunbar's work is way better.

  • izzy The Unicorn (12/18/2013 2:30:00 PM)

    I love this poem I rate this a 11 out of 10! ! !

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