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POETRY Caged Bird TF TASTI John Neal

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1.By reading the title “Caged bird” by “Maya Angelou” a few thoughts come to mind. Like what  does a caged bird symbolise? Obviously the bird represents her young self and the cage  represents a number of things. Racism, insecurity, poverty, sexism and abuse are some of  the thoughts that come to mind. 

2.a) Who? — Who is the narrator (speaker) of the poem? Who are the other characters in the  poem? What do you know about these people? Evidence?  ­ Theres not exactly a narrator except whoever wrote the poem. I suppose the  characters would be the birds. We know that one bird is free for it talked about  soaring on the wind and dipping its wings in the rays of light. We know that the  other bird is caged. For its wings are clipped and its feet tied.    

b) Where? and When? (Setting) — What are the implications of setting the poem at this place  and this time? 
­ The setting of this poem isn’t clear. But there is two different settings. One of  the caged bird and one of the free bird.  
c) What happens? (Plot) — Exactly what events happen or have happened in the poem?  ­ The events happening have to do with the caged birds screeches echoing and  lingering and the free bird soaring onto new heights.   

3. a) Imagery and Image Patterns 
b)  Figurative Language ­ – ie. Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Allusion, etc.   ­ Personification: the free bird leaps  
­ Imagery: Leaping on the back of wind 
c) Sound Techniques — ie. Rhyme, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, etc  ­ Rhyme: with a fearful ​
…….but longed for​
…….on the distant ​
d) Other Language Techniques 
5. Identify and explain the significant shifts and changes in the poem.   
Specifically, look for shifts in: 
a) narrative voice (ie. the change to a new speaker)   
b) stanzas (Why change to a new stanza here?) 
“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.” 
How he is going back and forth between rhyming words    
c) image patterns, diction, syntax 
­ “dips his wing in the orange sun rays”  
d) setting, action 
­ in a cage, soaring through the skies  
e) logical organisation (Key Words ­ but, however, yet, although, etc)  ­ none 
f) verb tenses 
­ longed, sings, leaps, floats,  
g) line lengths 

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