What is the message of Caged Bird by Maya Angelou?
The poem describes the opposing experiences between two birds: one bird is able to live in nature as it pleases, while a different caged bird suffers in captivity. Due to its profound suffering, the caged bird sings, both to cope with its circumstances and to express its own longing for freedom.
Which poetic device is used in the poem?
Alliteration–A string of three or four instances of the same consonant sound with no more than one intervening, non-alliterative onset consonant sound. Alliteration is used as a mnemonic device to evoke feelings such as fear and suspense in poetry.
What is the climax of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?
The climax of the story occurs when Maya runs away from home and learns that she is control of her own life. Fortunately, she makes the wise decision to return to her mother in San Francisco rather than continuing her communal existence amongst the runaways in the junkyard.
What do the words dares to claim the sky mean?
It has a sense of adventure that is unparalleled and has a fighting spirit. When the writer says that the free bird “dares to claim the sky” she saying that the free bird doesn’t wait for anyone to tell it to do something before it does. It does what it wants and this defines its freedom.
Who is referred to as a free bird in the poem?
The White Americans are referred as free bird in the poem. Through the portrayal of the free bird in the poem Angelou essentially indicates to the privileges that the White Americans enjoyed. The free bird “dares to claim the sky” and even “names the sky his own”.