She was also a member of the Harlem Writers Guild, where she became friends with author James Baldwin. GradeSaver, 3 March 2000 Web. The free bird represents the privileged section of the society whereas the caged one signifies the underprivileged. The fact that Angelou said these commandments controlled their salvation is another witty addition that shows how seriously her grandmother's words were taken. Then they would understand why I had never picked up a Southern accent, or spoke the common slang, and why I had to be forced to eat pigs' tails and snouts.
The town reacted to us as its inhabitants had reacted to all things new before our coming. So many cages in life; so many reasons to sing. But one day he saw some older boys who were going through an underwater tunnel, he didn't understand how they did it. From being a mobile lunch counter, she set up a stand between the two points of fiscal interest and supplied the workers' needs for a few years. Fifth Stanza This last stanza focuses on the caged bird yet again.
She narrates, 'If he prophesied that the cotton in today's field was going to be sparse and stick to the bolls like glue, every listener would grunt a hearty agreement. The poem begins with the description of the undisturbed movement of the bird that is free to fly anywhere it wants. 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. In this lesson, we'll take a look at some examples of rhetorical devices in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. You can see Angelou telling the story to Oprah above.
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 first is of the free bird that is for the white Americans or free people, while the caged bird is the metaphor of African Americans and their captivity in the social norms. A technique in writing in which the author temporarily interrupts the order, construction, or meaning of the writing for a particular effect. Lastly, the repetition helps emphasize points that are needed for the theme. It is dark and daunting.
It is an example of symbolism because the free bird represents freedom while the air represents life. It sings for freedom even in such a miserable state. Repetition: The poet has repeated the third stanza later in the poem to emphasize the distressed condition of the downtrodden people. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings underscores meaning through the stylistic details that illuminate its themes and action. Angelou the most banned author in the U.
Alternatively, like a beautiful rainbow, she can appear beautiful yet harmless, and charm those around her. But I had seen the fingers cut by the mean little cotton bolls, and I had witnessed the backs and shoulders and arms and legs resisting any further demands. For example, in the first stanza it has a mood of joyfulness and carefree while the second stanza has the mood of sand and alone. Then the free bird again comes into view in the fourth stanza and enjoys life on trade winds, trees and in the width and breadth of the sky. 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. It was old-lady-long too, but it didn't hide my skinny legs, which had been greased with Blue Seal Vaseline and powdered with the Arkansas red clay.
Become a Metaphor Master Make sure that what you learn is valuable beyond the walls of the classroom. In cotton-picking time the late afternoons revealed the harshness of Black Southern life, which in the early morning had been softened by nature's blessing of grogginess, forgetfulness and the soft lamplight. In too few hours they would have to walk back to Sister Henderson's Store, get vittles and load, again, onto the trucks. The second line of this stanza in not only dark, but even frightening. The reality of the life of the caged bird is revealed in this line.
Let him or her go in. Angelou co-wrote the screenplay with Leonora Thuna. Aphorism One final example, in case you haven't had enough, is aphorism, or a short and witty statement, like ''If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The writer is giving the shadow human like traits by stating this. However, like the caged bird, she refused to give up and expressed through her writings. She testified at his trial, but though he was convicted, he only served one day in jail.