February 13, 2012
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
Life – living, growing and producing more of the same kind. The word I mark the most is “living.” My definition of life is having fun, adventure, discoveries and to learn. Have you ever heard of a person named Maya Angelou? Well, she is the poet who wrote the mysterious poem I’ am going to narrate about. In the poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou the poet uses symbolism, metaphors and mood to show us that you should live your life or you will regret it.
When I realized that Maya Angelou used symbolism as a way to show us the theme of the poem, I was a little shocked. The quote, “His wings are clipped and his feet are tied. So he opens his throat to sing,” is showing us that the caged bird is like a prisoner in jail and just like a prisoner in jail, the caged bird is hoping for freedom. The message I pulled out from this quote was that there is always something to do even if you don’t think so. The poet used this example of symbolism to show us what a caged bird is representing and the difficulties it has to face.
The caged bird is a prisoner in jail. Do you think this is a regular sentence or a type of figurative language? If you answered figurative language then you are correct. It is a metaphor, which is the most used figurative language in this poem so far. In the quote, “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,” is stating how free bird is living it’s life, while the caged bird can’t even sing without a “fearful trill.” The message that came to mind was enjoy life as you have it. The theme is clearly demonstrated here because it is trying to compare the life of a free bird and a caged bird, and show how different their lives are.
The poet uses mood to display the theme by creating the feelings of sadness, desperation and loneliness in the following quotes: “But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams/His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream.” Don’t these two lines give you a creepy, horror film feeling? It does to me, but a sad, desperate and lonely feeling too. I mean it sounds like even the caged bird’s shadow wants to be free and flying. From this quote we can see the pain that the caged bird is receiving by seeing others having fun without him. Imagine you as a diabetic and someone right in front of you eating a double, chocolate layer cake. How would you feel?
So I state again, the poet uses symbolism, metaphors and mood to show us a mysterious poem that is at once sad, but still exciting. The message of each quote gave me an idea of what the theme is. Would you live your life-like a free bird or a caged bird? I’ m not saying go sky- diving anytime you want, I’m just saying there has to be at least a bit of fun in life. So if you don’t live your life the only thing you’ll do is regret.