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Day 5: Regular Verse

April 9, 2013

Title: The title indicates that the author can relate to this caged bird. The author shows sympathy towards the bird and understands what it is going through.

Paraphrase: The first stanza describes how the narrator can relate to the caged bird. He understands how he wants to escape his captivity when the outside world is so beautiful. The second stanza describes how the bird would love to fly away and use its wings, but it is unable to because of the confines of its cage. However, it keeps its wings strong for the day he can fly away. The final stanza describes how the birds song is not one of joy, but it is rather a song of yearning to escape from behind the bars which it is trapped.


This poem takes the form of a lyric poem, because it displays the author’s personal and emotional feelings.

The author uses diction that is sympathetic of the bird and he uses words that make the bird sound like he is yearning for freedom.

The author uses imagery to describe the world outside the cage as a great place for the bird to escape to.

The poem is told from a first person point of view to show how the man has sympathy for the bird. This also makes the poem more personal.

The bird symbolizes an enslaved man who can’t escape to do what he is capable of. It is told like it is from personal experience.

Attitude: The speaker has a very sympathetic attitude toward the bird and he understands what it is going through. He can relate the caged bird’s feelings to his own experiences.

Shifts: The shifts occur during each stanza. The speaker begins focusing on different aspects of the bird which he can relate to. The first stanza focuses on the bird as a whole, the second stanza focuses on the bird’s wings, and the final stanza focuses on the bird’s song.

Title: The title is very fitting for the poem. Throughout the poem, the narrator feels as if he can sympathize with the bird. The title sympathy can be related to this poem in every stanza as the author picks a different part of the bird to relate to in each stanza.

Theme: The theme of this poem is captivity because the bird can’t escape the cage and be free to do what it wants.


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