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So, what’s the poem “Caged Bird” really about? In order to understand the theme of the poem, you have to put all the pieces together.
Watch the video to see how the filmaker uses clues in the poem to illustrate the theme.
By Maya Angelou
The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own
But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his feet are tied
his wings are clipped
so he opens his throat to sing.
After watching the video from the documentary And Still I Rise, answer the following questions: