A few poor white girls mock Momma, and then one does a handstand, showing off the fact that she isn't wearing any underwear. It hovers over a stream of wind and floats downwards to where the current of the stream ends and the wind is calm. Here, poet Maya Angelou contrasts the situation by presenting the image of a caged bird. While they swing to the floor, they do not have to put any energy in flying, they just flow with the wind. The reality of the life of the caged bird is revealed in this line.
Its wings are clipped so that it cannot move its wings and its legs are tied so that it cannot even move in the small cage. This expression denotes that they are having a ride and a gala time in doing so. After years men have come home but Odysseus has not come back. The free bird can fly free in the sky, and can swing with the wind. Freeman is arrested and is put on trial.
Being able to relate to a poem… 1965 Words 8 Pages doom, non-violent actions and a violent response. She turns to her mother to convince her that she is normal, but Maya does not feel secure after her mother's assurances. Momma and avoid the question completely. When they finally do meet their mother, though, they are completely taken with her; this soothes Maya and Bailey's sadness at being abandoned by their father. Lincoln and makes him apologize for his insults to her. Fourth stanza: 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.
Maya feels sorry for her, and decides to talk to her. Maya takes the train down to Southern California to spend the summer with her father and her father's girlfriend,. A stanza in the poem is repeated to catch the attention to the idea of the caged bird singing for freedom. The bird is expected to persevere in hope and never to quit since the future spells freedom and greatness for it. Maya begins to work for , a tyrannical white woman in town. There were 7 ways to go through grief and she helps her family through it.
Not only its body, but the sound of the trees when the cool breezes pass and move the leaves of the trees. Maya Angelou can be regarded as the caged bird in the poem. Maya and Bailey's father comes to Stamps the next year, and it is hard for them to face their father. It sings about the hope of things to come, not necessarily of happiness. Maya Angelou also uses irony to be cleverer and effective but less direct in conveying her feelings.
Growing up in Stamps, Maya faces a deep-seated southern racism manifested in wearying daily indignities and terrifying lynch mobs. He knows that there is no way that he can get a life like the free bird flying up in the air, but it is still hopeful for freedom. They drive to a tiny mountain town, and go to a cantina where everyone knows Daddy Bailey. At first i thought he had moved. However, some rhymes are noticed in stanzas 2, 3, 4 and 5.
So, he sings about it. Life becomes muted and pale to Maya, and she is mute for a few years, not saying anything to anyone other than Bailey. Maya also observes the entire community listening to the Joe Louis heavyweight championship boxing match, desperately longing for him to defend his title against his white opponent. Donleavy seems to say that the best black boys can do is to become athletes, and doesn't even mention the girls. Maya is homeless, and decides to spend the evening in a junkyard car. Does this remind you of anyone? In the rest of the poem, we learn that not only is it caged, but its wings are clipped and its feet are tied so it can barely move.
There is fear in his voice. Actually this contrast between the birds enables her to express her own emotions about freedom and isolation. You get right back up and walk. She ends up being the only teacher that Maya remembers. The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. Half the battle is believing you can handle the bird and that it is going to come out of the cage.
The author then repeats these lines: His wings are clipped and his feet are tied So he opens his throat to sing. My fears were so powerful I couldn't move to look at the cen … ter of the bed. Stanza wise analysis : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings First Stanza The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. And the worst part of my awareness was that I didn't know what I was aware of. She does not feel equal to other black children.