Poem Essay

535 WordsJun 9, 20133 Pages
The caged Bird This is an explication of the poem “A Caged Bird”by: Maya Angelou.This poem can be used in many ways to describe many different situations which things or people are seperated. I will be talking about imagery, sound, and language. This poem talks about birds that are free versus trapped. The structure of this poem is open form.There are five stanzas with seven sentences in the first three stanzas and eight in the last two.The poem is almost set up as a balled. It is set up almost as a song. It also repeats a stanza twice. The caged bird sings with a fearfull trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.(“Maya”15-22) This acts as a chorus. Which is used to stand out because it is usually the most important part of the poem. Some sound devices in this poem are Assonance,Rhyme, and Alliteration. Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds within non-rhyming words. Assonance is used to help the poem flow. “in the orange sun rays/and dares to claim the sky.”(Caged”6-7). These are two lines that have this.Alliteration is another sound device used in this poem to help the poem flow. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage(“Maya”8-11) Rhyme is also used in the poem but its not specific scheme.”But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams/his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream”(“Maya”27-28).These are the three sound devices used in this poem. The poem use Imagery to help us put together a image of what is happening in the poem.The poem helps

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