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Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
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  • Deija-lyn Kaneaiakala (1/24/2012 12:47:00 AM)

    : Sighs: This song makes me tear up every time I read it. Reminds me of how we all think. Adults wanting to go back to their childhood days where they're free. And children wanting to trap themselves in their own cages to be an adult. Not what I think the poem is about, but something that reminds me of it. Such beautiful and moving words she spouts off... (Report) Reply

  • Helen Baird (1/14/2012 11:46:00 AM)

    As 2012 begins I want to a free bird and not be caged! ! A beautiful poem and I would love to hear the poet reading it x (Report) Reply

  • Salema Khatun (1/10/2012 5:32:00 AM)

    a vert powerfull poem...the poet wrote the poem from her heart......and how much the longed for freedom......a nice poem for simplicity....readers may consider to read mine the idea of an idea (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (1/4/2012 1:15:00 PM)

    Beautiful. Have heard the name of poem but never read fully till today. Touches the heart. (Report) Reply

  • Abhishek Tiwari (10/13/2011 11:05:00 PM)

    True like Sun in the east Raymond...
    The importance of freedom can be felt only if you are caged inside..,
    It is metaphorical and is applied to us too.. (Report) Reply

  • Raymond Uyok (10/11/2011 6:04:00 PM)

    A wonderful metaphorical expression of deep feelings for the caged in all ramifications of life. Please comment on my 'The Weeping Genius' (Report) Reply

  • Pat Mathis (10/2/2011 8:29:00 PM)

    I think this poem is about the lack of freedom of speech. The subjects that were allowed, we were very vocal about. There were things that needed to be said at the time, but were not allowed. Note tense (Report) Reply

  • Louis Rams (9/14/2011 11:14:00 AM)

    the caged bird sings of its plight, seeking freedom from dawn to night
    its feet are tied and his wings may be clipped, but freedoms cries come from its lips. LET FREEDOM RING! (Report) Reply

  • Nanthinii Mohan (9/10/2011 6:33:00 AM)

    Excellent poem resembles Paul Laurence Dunbar's 'SYMPATHY'.....after all 'great minds think alike'.....loved it.... (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (8/21/2011 11:03:00 PM)

    luvli meaningful poem on the plight of freedom denied I wish I could wave a magic wand and free all including the zoo animals...for the caged bird
    sings of freedom..kind regards. (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (8/21/2011 11:03:00 PM)

    luvli meaningful poem on the plight of freedom denied I wish I could wave a magic wand and free all including the zoo animals...for the caged bird
    sings of freedom..kind regards. (Report) Reply

  • Puleng Issabela (8/14/2011 10:11:00 AM)

    wonderful, i think the people who have been denied the freedom to do things that their hearts wish, have better stories to tell because their freedom had been caged. i love this poem and as usual maya never cease to touch my heart with her wonderful books and poems. (Report) Reply

  • Jennifer Hodge (2/18/2011 8:29:00 PM)

    a beautiful poem and a beautiful poetist...To me the caged bird sings what it feels in its heart; what it has experienced. The enjoyment of soaring in the sun and swaying in the trees. He sings with joy and he is happy and at peace with the world and himself even in a cage, he rejoices. (Report) Reply

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