I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know why the caged bird sings is a 1969 autobiography describing the young and early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou, in high quality, download it using direct link

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PDF NameI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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LanguageEnglish
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography describing the young and early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma. The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was nominated for a National Book Award in 1970 and remained on The New York Times paperback bestseller list for two years. It has been used in educational settings from high schools to universities, and the book has been celebrated for creating new literary avenues for the American memoir. However, the book’s graphic depiction of childhood rape, racism, and sexuality has caused it to be challenged or banned in some schools and libraries.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Selection of the Title I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

When selecting a title, Angelou turned to Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African American poet whose works she had admired for years. Jazz vocalist and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln suggested the title. According to Lyman B. Hagen, the title pulls Angelou’s readers into the book while reminding them that it is possible to both lose control of one’s life and to have one’s freedom taken from them.

Angelou has credited Dunbar, along with Shakespeare, with forming her writing ambition. The title of the book comes from the third stanza of Dunbar’s poem Sympathy

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,
When he beats his bars and would be free;

It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings –
I know why the caged bird sings.

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