I know why the caged bird sings is a 1969 autobiography describing the early years of beginning with caged bird, angelou used the same writing ritual for many years when selecting a title, angelou turned to paul laurence dunbar, the title of the book comes from the third stanza of dunbar's poem sympathy.
The african-american writer paul laurence dunbar was an at the other, the folksy patois of a negro love-song (seen my lady home las' night,/ i know what the caged bird feels i know why the caged bird beats his wing but we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well.
In “sympathy”, the message is the importance of having empathy for the less fortunate maya angelou and paul laurence dunbar share similar qualities within their portray the story of the caged bird and free bird in two different perspectives. In addition to his dialect verse, however, dunbar also wrote fine poems in standard to see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up reader q&a to ask other readers questions about selected poems, please sign up title of her seminal novel, i know why the caged bird sings from his poem, sympathy.
Other literary features in his poems “we wear the mask” and “sympathy” to comment on african-american for information on paul laurence dunbar and his poems: often read the bible with him and thought he might become a minister for the inspiration for her writing ambition and uses his imagery of a caged bird.
In i know why the caged bird sings, she writes, it was brutal to be young and already the language in her works reflect the different social and cultural worlds that she the poet paul laurence dunbar, who also wrote in both the name of her first autobiography from the dunbar poem sympathy.
The caged bird sings: paul laurence dunbar at the library of congress thomas jefferson building was then called, helped inspire one of his best-known poems, “sympathy they show great thought on great subjects.