• I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    appointed by President Gerald Ford to the American Revolution Bicentennial Advisory Council. In 1993, for President Clinton’s inauguration she read her poem, “On the Pulse of the Morning.” Maya Angelou has received more than thirty honorary degrees. • -Marguerite Johnson is the main character of the book...
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  • Poetry Essay
    “Coat of Many Colors” there were several examples of refrain. (Lines 16, 20 and 29)For example, she writes the phrase, “In my coat of many colors, my momma made for me.” The author is using the repetition of this sentence to prove how much the coat means to her, even if looks like rags to everyone else...
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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
    Analysis: Chapters 1–5 The lines from the poem Maya cannot finish, “What are you looking at me for? I didn’t come to stay . . .” capture two of the most significant issues she struggles with in her childhood and young adulthood: feeling ugly and awkward and never feeling attached to one place. First...
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  • Bibliography of Famous Authors
    Annotated Bibliography Scholes, Robert. “Hope in Memory in My Ántonia.” Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations: My Ántonia, Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Infobase Publishing, 1987. 31-35. (#18 a selection from an anthropology) In this article by Robert Scholes, it talks about the hope and...
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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Literary Analysis
    her hard life growing up as a black girl from the South. Among the hardships are things known as "cages" as stated from a metaphor from Paul Dunbar's poem "Sympathy." "Cages" are things that keep people from succeeding in life and being everything they want to be. Some of Maya Angelou's cages include...
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  • Bless Me Ultima
    in the world.” Angelou provides this symbol to exhibit the oddity of her father. This recurring pattern provides the reader with the narrator’s interpretation of her father. This provides a look into the mind of the narrator. She believed she was “an orphan” who was “picked up” so Bailey could have “company...
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  • Hip Hop in Society
    artist including rappers have a venue where they can vent and show the emotions that they are feeling. According to Tia C.M. Tyree in the article Lovin Momma & Hatin' on Baby Mama; Rap is an avenue used by some Black men to express a variety of emotions, feelings and ideas; hope, frustration, anger, love...
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  • Sister Flowers- Power in the Voice
    to hide her face in shame. This is an indication that the way her momma used her language to address Mrs. was an embarrassment to Marguerite. This is one emotion associated with how others speak. Later, Marguerite mentions how her momma had a tendency to misuse her vowels around Mrs. Flowers in a way...
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  • The Shifting Heart
    Australian society’s attitudes towards them. Different reading strategies give rise to very different interpretations. In reference to the drama text “The Shifting Heart” written by Richard Beynon, interpretations such as Gendered Readings, Power In relationships and lastly, representations of the Australian...
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  • Capitalism
    they feel offended and become angry and violent with her. Summary: Chapter 14 Maya and Bailey return to Stamps, though Maya is not sure whether Momma has sent for them or whether her St. Louis family simple became unable to handle her silence. Bailey misses Vivian, but Maya finds herself relieved...
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  • The Presence of Exemplar Male Figures in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    n character of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Marguerite Johnson. This phrase introduces to the reader a vulnerable girl who attempts to recite a poem in front of her Church in the Black section of the segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas. Marguerite is looking up from a position in which the eyes of...
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  • How Colorism Affected the Life of Bob Marley
    screen writers. The following passage is taken from a poem by Maya Angelou. “Wouldn’t they be surprised when one day I woke out of my black ugly dream, and my real hair, which was long and blond, would take the place of the kinky mass that Momma wouldn’t let me straighten? . . Because I was really...
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  • Themes in 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    sixteen: from California to Stamps to St. Louis to Stamps to Los Angeles to Oakland to San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Francisco. As expressed in the poem she tries to recite on Easter, the statement “I didn’t come to stay” becomes her shield against the cold reality of her rootlessness. Besieged by the...
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  • 2pac - His Life
    that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared. -These poems are from the book "The Rose that grew from concrete". This Book contains 71 poems by Tupac which he had written at an age of 18, before he began translating his poems into rhymes. When Ur Heart Turns Cold When your heart...
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  • A Rain in Th Sun: a Struggle to Attain a Dream
    tear them apart. The Park Improvement Association only sees the color of their skin, and uses this to attempt to crush the Younger’s dreams. In the poem “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)”, by Langston Hughes he speaks of a raisin, and ask you the reader to interpret the affects of the sun on it. “Does it explode...
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  • the genius of us
    full of scrumptious sweets, homemade soaps, vegetables, fruits, fabrics, thread, and other goodies at my doorstep, or with my mother. Tucking love poems in my windowsill, throwing pebbles at my window, waking me up, and serenading me with original songs. Not to say I didn’t enjoy all of the glorious...
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  • Mya Angelou I know why a caged bird sings
    Why the Caged Bird Sings has been read by millions of people and is one of her best known works. But besides being an author, Angelou also writes poems, is a performer, and also an educator. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences...
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  • Author Paper
    when she and her brother are sent from their parents' house to live with their grandmother and uncle in Stamps, Arkansas. Life in Stamps is not easy. Momma (what they called their grandmother) is a religious fundamentalist and harsh disciplinarian who does not know how to show her love to the children....
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  • And Why Does the Caged Bird Sing
    when she and her brother are sent from their parents' house to live with their grandmother and uncle in Stamps, Arkansas. Life in Stamps is not easy. Momma (what they called their grandmother) is a religious fundamentalist and harsh disciplinarian who does not know how to show her love to the children....
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  • “Frankie and Johnny”: Who's “Zooming” Who?
    polite society but the poem entitled, “Frankie and Johnny” shows the reader the exact opposite. White men have always been afraid of the black man chasing and getting their white women but in this work, it is the white female who is clearly doing all the chasing. I found this poem to be quite disturbing...
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