In these poems, “Sympathy” contains a powerful meaning compared to the “Caged Bird” poem. In his poem “Sympathy”, Paul Laurence Dunbar reveals his acknowledgement of his relation to the caged bird by choosing proper diction. During the poem, he emphasis his knowledge of the caged bird’s pain and desire to have freedom by imagery and metaphors. As one analyze these poems, one can affect a person by how meaningful or powerful a certain poem is such as “Sympathy” because many people have sympathy or empathy for African Americans throughout these times of segregation. “Sympathy” proves to be a most meaningful poem for one can relate while others cannot.
A recurring theme both poems is the fact that the birds in the cage (a juxtaposition of African-Americans at the time) often witness how the free birds enjoy their freedom and live life heedlessly having no idea how the caged bird feels and this causes much distress to caged birds. The author of “Sympathy”, Paul Laurence Dunbar states in his poem “When the sun is bright on the upland slope, when the wind stirs through the streaming grass, when the first bird sings and the first bud duds” Similarly Maya Angelou includes this quote in her poem “Caged Bird”, “The free birds leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream to the currents end and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky” In both poems the two poets explicate how the birds have the ability to glimpse outside of their cages and see the other birds. They witness the free bird experiencing this pulchritudinous, almost angelic places compared to the melancholy and the deplorable conditions that the caged bird enjoys. These circumstances are a metaphor for the lives that African-Americans faced and how caucasian people during the epoch of Jim
Lines one through seven define the free bird as one that “floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays” (Angelou) this is a representation of freedom and joy. The second and third stanza lines, eight through fourteen defines the caged bird that “stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage” (Angelou) where these words reference isolation and despair compared to the freedom in stanza one. These lines create a visual response of the bird’s environments. The third stanza is repeated at the end of the poem for prominence as it reflects the two birds are so different.
Naomi Shihab Nye focuses on the concept of solitary and independence in “The Boy and Egg”. Throughout the poem Nye uses alliterations, imagery and personification to create a literal situation. However, in “Famous” the author uses the poem to make the reader develop a new perspective on the definition of the word ‘famous’. The poem uses similes, irony, imagery and tone to show how the author views the world.
His poem, “of a butterfly in el barrio or a stranger in paradise”, creates a paradise of El Barrio by idolizing normally unideal aspects of a community in order to come to terms with his and his people’s circumstances. He develops this idea through his humoristic tone, the depiction and development of identity, and the loose structure of the poem. Starting out with the title of the poem, “of a butterfly in el barrio or a stranger in paradise”, Meléndez starts off by letting the reader know 2 things through an event that occurs. With the presence of the word “or” between the two phrases, he is saying that the butterfly is a stranger to “el barrio”, which is a direct reference to where he is from, Spanish Harlem. Along with that, he is directly linking his home to paradise, which sets the tone of his idolization of “el barrio” as paradise.
There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale shows nature’s apathetic viewpoint on the actions carried out by humanity. The poem opens with a beautiful description of nature, with “ Swallows circling with their shimmering sound” (Teasdale 2) accompanied with “Wild plum trees in tremulous white” (Teasdale 4). Juxtaposing the beauty of nature, Teasdale continues to describe in the second half of the poem, how a war that completely obliterated the human race had just occurred; thus, revealing a human on human conflict. The poem ends with nature being either oblivious, unaffected, or indifferent to mankind’s absence.
Simply My Mind (Dorrance Publishing, 2010). Small book it may be, but Simply My Mind is heavy on poetic artistry and creative imagination. Estable’s poems enables the human mind to understand the deep things or mysteries behind many things, and through his thought-provoking and fun verses readers will get to assess their own feelings and situations and expand their thoughts. For example, invites readers to reflect on the differences between a tiger and a bird (in “The Tiger”), the happy face of a blind boy and the smile of a mute girl (“I Saw”), a ‘dead penis’ (in “Dead Penis), and wealth (in “The Truth of Wealth”).
Thesis:Happiness: The authors W.E.B Du Bois, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville all explore the meaning of happiness in their stories/poems “A Bird Came down the walk”(Dickinson), “Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street”(Melville), and “The Souls of Black Folk”(Du Bois), they explore the ways that happiness can be felt by different characters and how happiness can be lost with ease. Topic sentence 1. Emily Dickinson explores the simple in appearance but complex reality of the life of a bird conveying that the bird can be content with life without the traits that seem so necessary to happiness. Emily provides the bird with human characteristics when she writes “And then hopped sidewise to the wall To let a Beetle pass -”(A Bird, came down the Walk, Dickenson 7,8) this give the bird a more relatable stance giving it emotions and thoughts that are humanistic.
In a way, Angelou sets her own tone, with a unique style. She captivates a historical period, that is turned in to a story of its own. Angelou uses a metaphoric way to compare a free bird to the “white race” while the encaged one is “African American”. There is also some assonance where she states, “But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams.” Another poetic device is alliteration, she explains “A bird in a narrow cage, can see through his bars of rage”.
She uses lots of hidden meanings and symbols throughout. Such as In the first part the ‘free bird’ is a symbol of freedom she shows this as she says “A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends,”( Angelou 494) this shows a sense of jubilusness and elatation towards freedom. This is also a hint for us to discover how Maya Angelou feels about freedom as well. In the second part she goes on to describe the ‘Caged bird’ by saying “The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still, his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.” ( Angelou, 494)
In the poem, Paul Laurence Dunbar employs the rhetorical device of rhyme structure to contrast the bondage of individual sorrow with the liberation of action. Although the speaker does not claim divine authority, the poem’s orator possesses a definitive tone, bolstering the argument and beckoning the audience. The first lines of the initial stanza, “I am no priest of crooks nor creeds / For human wants and human needs / are more to me than prophets’ deeds,” display Dunbar’s use of rhyme structure to connect a single idea. Dunbar emphasizes the deeds of a prophet, a religious figure chosen by God to interpret His Will, to perhaps convey that time spent discerning the Will of God causes individuals to lose sight of the wants and needs around them.
The importance of a journey begins with how far you're going or if you're traveling by land or water. Sometimes the destination don't matter when you're in a life risking moment or you're doing something to keep your crew alive. My quoted evidence from three different poems come together to answer one question.