Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

I know why the caged bird sings

Poem by Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream
Till the current ends and dips his wing
In the orange suns rays
And dares to claim the sky.

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.

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.

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.

But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams
His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

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.


Comments about I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/9/2020 8:51:00 PM)

    But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams
    His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
    So he opens his throat to sing. On the grave of dreams stands the big bird..... the whole poem makes us think a lot. tony(Report)Reply

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  • George (4/9/2020 6:22:00 AM)

    Also read " The School Boy" by William Blake.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/6/2020 7:25:00 AM)

    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. The songs of the caged bird is so painful. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Amaya Diwdini Silva (1/19/2020 8:09:00 AM)

    in this poem the poet clearly describe about a free bird and a caged bird. The free bird symbolize white people.and caged bird represent black people.this poem gives very powerful examples to express the social conflit between innocent native black people and selfish white people who steals all the resources o native black people who lived in America.(Report)Reply

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  • Bob newton (9/26/2019 12:48:00 PM)

    It’s great it’s the best poem I ever read it’s so real it’s like I can inmagine it in my head(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/14/2019 1:58:00 AM)

    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.

    But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams
    His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
    So he opens his throat to sing.

    great
    great
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • How to abort in hogwatrz (4/11/2019 9:54:00 AM)

    Please say Fetus Deletus(Report)Reply

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  • Manfred Schultz (3/21/2019 10:14:00 AM)

    It seems, so often, we humans, can only be happy when some other creature, sentient or not, is unhappy.

    This was the first time I've read this, and it moves me to tears.(Report)Reply

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  • brinta (1/1/2019 1:14:00 AM)

    praises fall short for her.such a powerful and vivid mind she has!(Report)Reply

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  • no name yet (9/17/2018 7:24:00 PM)

    so sad alexa play despacito(Report)Reply

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  • Sheila (8/24/2018 3:59:00 AM)

    Moves me to the core of my being. I cannot stand cruelty or basic rights being taken away from human beings or other creatures. This is simply but beautifully put.(Report)Reply

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  • jimmy cole (8/12/2018 7:15:00 PM)

    Simply beautiful! Mskes me sad and happy at once.(Report)Reply

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  • Sloppy chop (7/31/2018 11:22:00 AM)

    This is awesome(Report)Reply

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  • Elizabeth Barry (7/1/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    A powerful and moving poem of repression.(Report)Reply

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  • Dsve W (5/19/2018 10:17:00 PM)

    There is a caged bird in all of us!(Report)Reply

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  • elver galarga (4/19/2018 2:51:00 PM)

    nmms que hago aqui: v(Report)Reply

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  • Thicc69 (4/12/2018 1:06:00 PM)

    69 is amazing so is this poem amazing and very niceAlready ReportedReply

    ME HOOMAN(8/7/2019 11:13:00 PM)

    NICE NAMMMME

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  • Grace (4/11/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    Very mind blowing poem(Report)Reply

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  • Pat Garlinghouse (3/31/2018 2:07:00 AM)

    That is very sad. I wish I could open its cage and free it, but maybe it's been caged so long, it wouldn't know what to do and it would just be afraid.(Report)Reply

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  • gods plan (3/29/2018 11:16:00 AM)

    it is a poem isnt it(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016



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