poet Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

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I know why the caged bird sings

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.

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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  • Suresh Kumar EkSuresh Kumar Ek (9/5/2020 9:23:00 AM)

    free birds wiil not sing poetry

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/4/2020 10:44:00 PM)

    Master piece by master poetess about free bird vs. Caged bird on freedom so touchingly told.....timeless piece...10+++

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/4/2020 10:57:00 AM)

    Freedom! ! !

    Like a free bird.



    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Late OctoberLate October (8/4/2020 8:53:00 AM)

    Great poem. It's not a cage made of iron anymore. Today, it is a studio of cameras as fare out to a satellite in space right down back to the gadgets in peoples pockets.

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  • Bharati Nayak (8/4/2020 6:11:00 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.- - - - - Freedom is so essential for all living spirit.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/4/2020 5:57:00 AM)

    A very thought provoking poem, the great poetess let the reader oft thinks a bit more
    in almost all her poems, that makes her poems so attractive and very impressive.

    Two final lines in the last stanza: Tune is heard on the distant hill
    For the caged bird sings of freedom......yess! The caged bird sings of freedom, this line says a very lot about her life in the USA and that of her groups'life.Since the death of Floyd important things have changed.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/4/2020 5:53:00 AM)

    come
    come to the earth
    make the man and woman free
    make the human minds
    make the wings of minds
    free
    like the flying birds
    and sing the songs of happiness

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/4/2020 5:51:00 AM)

    fields after a lot of fields
    forest after a lot of forests

    Full of free sky
    over there

    wings, wings of the birds
    know only to fly
    fly, fly more high
    independently

    eat, drink and fly
    fly high the free birds
    no sad in free mind
    know only to fly, fly high
    over the sky

    but the caged wings
    the caged birds
    the jailed minds
    can't, can't fly
    independently

    so, sad in mind
    can't speak freely to the sky
    that's why sing lonely
    the song of dirge

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/4/2020 5:47:00 AM)

    The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
    Of things unknown but longed for still
    ........
    The free bird thinks of another breeze
    And the trade winds soft through
    The sighing trees......great poetic expression about the caged bird and free bird

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (8/4/2020 5:38:00 AM)

    Tune is heard on the distant hill
    For the caged bird sings of freedom.
    We can still hear the song of the caged bird

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  • 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

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  • George (4/9/2020 6:22:00 AM)

    Also read " The School Boy" by William Blake.

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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

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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.

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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

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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++++++++++++++++++++

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

    Please say Fetus Deletus

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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.

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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!

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

    so sad alexa play despacito

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