Caged Bird An analysis of Maya Angelou's Caged Bird, This poem deals with the problems which the African community faced throughout the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. It portrays the oppression, discrimination and pain people went through for being of a different race. She had been inspired by an earlier poet Paul Dunbar whose parent were slaves and so were hers. She could relate to the poem and what Dunbar went through which is what inspired her. The poem is a very strong representation of how the African community felt in the US and all over the world. The title of the poem has a significant meaning which is that a bird that usually is a free animal is being locked in a cage and its freedom is taken away.
Analysis of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou