Meaning Of The Poem Sympathy By Paul Laurence Dunbar

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The poem “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar is a good example of poetry that explains the tragic events of a birds like stuck in a cage. In the poem Sympathy there was symbols about what parts of the poem actually means. One of these symbols in the poem was in stanza two when Dunbar wrote about the bird having “old, old scars”. I think this means that the “bird” has been in the cage for a really long time, and while being in there he never stops trying to get out of the cage. Another symbol that stuck out to me was In stanza two also when it says “For he must fly back to his perch and cling”. One thought that I came up with is that Dunbar could be meaning that the “bird” needs to go back to his home, be free and not live as a slave anymore.
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