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The best quality of Maya Angelou's poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is the gut wrenching theme, which exclaims the struggle against oppression for minorities, pre and post mortem. She speaks the sorrows of the a person in pain whether they be from a small poor tribe in Africa, or from an invective plantation where life has deteriorated, or even an African American during before and during the Civil Rights. With a gloomy setting that only speaks of a cage and what’s beyond it, which is what Maya used to represent how the potential of the minority people is being suffocated. The tone of the poem is light and airy while vigorously stating its purpose that the both birds should fly in perfect harmony. The poem itself gives many messages depending on how you take it, such as; how did the birds separate, how will the birds come back together, and what can you as the audience do to help fight against the oppression of the birds. The poem starts off with a statement, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", immediately you see the speaker as someone who knows a little more than you because at this point you have no idea why. The speaker is someone who has either seen what happened, spoke to someone it happened to, or maybe even experience it their self. It is quite easy to say that the speaker is Angelou herself once you have learned of her arbitrary life. But sadly it is not, the speaker is more than one being, it is more than a few, the speaker is the voice of millions, the ones who said this isn’t quite right and even those who said we can't it anymore. Revolt! The Phillis Wheatleys who wrote their stories down, to let us in the future know the true untainted tale of the past. It's the Denmark Veseys and Nat Turner's that sacrific... ... middle of paper ... ...he fight for equality is worth it and that it does help. Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, and Walter Dean Myers were all caged birds and they watched as the free ones flew around them. They wrote down their stories in so many ways so their stories would remain untainted. Maya Angelou in all her magnificence remains one of the most outspoken of all of these legends. Angelou had a hard and rigorous life but through the inspiration of music, literature, and her radiant bronze skin she excelled all obstacles that approached her. Today, Maya Angelou is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is just the beginning of her phenomenal pieces of literature that tend to rise in relevance as the days come close to their end. Angelou challenges minorities in every piece of literature she writes, will the song continue to be sung or will the caged be broken eternally.
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