I know why the caged bird sings By: Maya Angelou (Introduction (why did…
I know why the caged bird sings By: Maya Angelou
why did you select this poem
I chose this poem because I have heard that this author is quite talented in what she does. She has a lot of well known poems and that intrigued me.
what is your first impression of the poem
It had a lot of metaphors which needed a lot of thinking to understand what it actually meant.
what is the poem about
It is an autobiography of the authors life because she felt trapped most of her life. The caged birds that are singing is a metaphor for trapped people longing for freedom. She compared the lives of free people and trapped people.
Tone: Do you think the author has a positive or negative attitude toward the subject
I think the author has a negative attitude
what does the title tell you about the poem
I predict that the poem might be about a trapped person because its says a caged bird.
Do you think the poem has a purpose? What do you think it is?
I think it does have a purpose and its showing the point of view of someone who feels trapped and alone.
Does the author write about a person or event from history
The author recounts the story of her life up to the birth of her child
Does the author write about certain things from the past.
The author does write about about her past.
when was the poem written and or published
It was published in 1969
what do you know about that time period
There was a lot of racism.
where was the poet living and what was she doing at the time
She grew up in Stamps, Arkansas with her grandmother and brother. She moves a lot and then she settles in san Fransisco where she becomes the first black streetcar conductor.
Do you think what was going on during that time period had anything to do with this poem
Yes because this is an autobiography of her life. I believe this poem is inspired by her life
Does the poem rhyme
if yes does it follow a particular rhyme scheme
Are there any division in the poem
How does the form of the poem contribute to the meaning of it
The lack of rhyme makes it hard to visualize
Does it have similes
Does it have metaphors
Does it have personification
Do you think your classmates would like this poem? explain
why is this poem relevant today
after researching and. analyzing the poem has your opinion of the poem changed at all
how will this poem be relevant in the future
what is the point of it
how does this poem inspire readers