Prejudice in Maya Angelou´s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

636 WordsJan 28, 20183 Pages
Have you ever stood up for something that started a movement? Throughout history the break between African Americans and whites has been evident at many times. African Americans were treated heartlessly,and unfairly. They struggled everyday to find work in a prejudice world that forced them into submission. Through her inspirational and powerful words in the poem, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", the much loved poet Maya Angelou uses poetic devices like rhyme, alliteration, metaphors and imagery, to encourage African-Americans to find their voice and earn the respect that they deserved. Imagine reaching for the sky, and actually being able to touch it. In the first stanza in the poem, the author compares a free bird to the white population during times of discrimination. In the first two lines, the author says," The free bird leaps / on the back of the wind…" (lines 1-2). The author is talking about how whites thought they were better than other races. In line four it says, "…till the current ends…" describes how no opportunities were left for the blacks (line 3). The author gets across how the free bird, which is a metaphor for the white race, has no problems. In the seventh line she talks about how the free bird claims the sky. It talks about the freedom of flying, and of being able to make decisions for yourself. It also shows how the white race has the boldness to unfairly own and govern society. In the second stanza, the author discusses the actions of the
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