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Maya Angelou

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Author

Maya Angelou

Year Published

1969

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Autobiography

Perspective and Narrator

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings uses a first-person point of view from both the childhood and adult perspectives of Maya Angelou.

Tense

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, comes from the last line of the poem "Sympathy" by African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The caged bird in the poem beats its wings against its cage bars and pleas to be set free from imprisonment.

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