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[Poetry Friday] Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

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Myra here.

As March is Women’s Month, we are celebrating female poets here in GatheringBooks. This is also in keeping with our current bimonthly theme:

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This week, I am back with another poem by Maya Angelou still culled from this gorgeous book that I borrowed from the library.

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I have read Maya Angelou’s novel I know why the caged bird sings several years back. And so when I found this haunting poem, I just know that I have to share it with you all, beautiful people. Poetry Friday is hosted this week by Franki and Mary Lee from A Year of Reading. I took a photo of the page and edited it using an iPhone app.

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I found it interesting though that the caged bird here is described as a “he.” Made me think about the confinements of males as indelibly marked by societal expectations. I wonder what songs he is unable to sing because of this. What prevents him from claiming the sky?

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9 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

  1. “a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams”– sigh.
    Interesting juxtaposition of the free bird in the image with the caged bird in the poem.

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  2. I love this poem and Maya in general. I never thought of the caged bird as male either – it’s interesting to think about.

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  3. macrush53

    One of my favorite books.

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  4. I’ve always read this thinking it can be so many kinds of cages. It’s rather heart-breaking, isn’t it? Thanks, Myra!

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  5. maryleehahn

    It’s always good to revisit Maya Angelou’s poetry!

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  6. Funny, I just shared and unpacked this with my students, Myra – such powerful poem.

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  7. So powerful! Thank you for sharing, Myra.

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  8. What a great poem. 🙂

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  9. This poem gives me chills!

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