Caged Bird Comparison

1023 Words5 Pages
Briana Urias English 3, Cordelia Ross Caged Bird vs. The Slave’s Dream In “Caged Bird” and “The Slave’s Dream”, each discusses the matters of what African Americans were deprived of and how they yearned for the rights that others had. Although both Maya Angelou and Henry Longfellow are approaching the same subject of oppression, each use their own colorful diction and well structure to effectively convey the different perspectives they hold on the topic. While one poem is struggling and grasping for the hope of finding their haven, the other discovers that it can be found simplest of places and no longer needs to hold on to that hope. Firstly, when the writing of the poems occurred, each poet took a different approach in the point of views of them. Maya Angelou decided to take on this subject with a general viewpoint of those who have been oppressed. The speaker does not say “I” nor “he/she” but rather “a bird”. This shows that Angelou is not speaking of herself or any particular person really, but for all of those amongst her which have dealt with what she has. She is speaking for what she thinks are the feelings of all African American whereas Henry Longfellow focuses on one single man recalling his past throughout his entire poem. While Angelou states that they’ve lost their opportunities, Longfellow’s poem provides a sort of example to the kind of things they lost. As both of the poems begin to unfold, readers can immediately identify the amount of imagery that each poet uses to describe their own personal situations. In Angelou’s “Caged Bird” she is comparing the life of a caged bird to that of a free one. In order to portray the struggles of the caged bird the speaker says, “But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through the bars of his rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied...” In using visual imagery, the speaker depicts

More about Caged Bird Comparison

Open Document