Caged bird is another poem by angelou this poem talks

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“Caged Bird” is another poem by Angelou. This poem talks about singing for freedom. Angelou grew where blacks and whites were separated. When she was little she never understood why whites and blacks could not be the same. In this poem she reflects that. She compares two birds: one free bird and a caged bird. The free bird is able to fly as high as he wishes, while the caged bird is only able to sing for freedom because his “wings are clipped and his feet are tied”(“Caged Bird”).Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” poem celebrates herself. She celebrates being a woman just the way she is. She describes herself as not being a super model or being cute but shehas the most important attribute, inner beauty. Angelou agrees that many people may not see or believe that inner beauty is important but, that makes her a “phenomenal woman”.“Phenomenal Woman” is written in free verse. According to Kelly Holland Cecil, Mayas personality is defined in the poem. Angelou is a strong and confident woman, just like the one in the poem. In the poem, Angelou uses imagery to give the reader a sense of how the person look like. “Her use of repetition helps to give the poem a flow and make it seem more familiar and lyrical.” This poem is lyrical like many other of her poems. “This may have been influenced by her career as a dancer and as a Broadway actress.” In her poem, Angelou is telling “the reader
6that now they should understand and be proud of her as well” because she has many accomplishments (Cecil).Angelou continued to write books and poetry. AfterI Know Why The Caged Bird Sings(1986), she published: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘For I Diee(1971), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Award,And Still I Rise(1987), All Gods Children Need Traveling Shoes, My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me(1994), Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou(1995). “In 1993, Angelou read 'On the Pulse of Morning' at Bill Clinton's Presidential inauguration, a poem written at his request. It wasonly the second time a poet had been asked to read at an inauguration, the first being Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy” She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in2001 and in 2008 she published Letter to My Daughter. She wrote this book to a daughter she never had, where she offers advice and shares anecdotes. Letter to My Daughterreceived several honors in which included a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Maya Angelou Biography). In 2008 she was awarded the Lincoln Medal (Renaissance Woman). She wrote a poem in tribute to Michael Jackson: “We had him” in 2009 (Jocelyn Vena).Great Food, All Day Long was published in 2010 and she was awarded the Medal of Freedom (Kori Schulman). In 2011 she wrote a poem in honor of Martin Luther King, after forty-eight years after the historic march on Washington. She has received over thirty honorary degrees and is a Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University (Global

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