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What are the themes of the poem Caged Bird by Maya Angelou?

What are the themes of the poem Caged Bird by Maya Angelou?

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  1. Lucifer
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    Racism- It is the major thematic concern of the poem. The poet describes how due to racial discrimination in America, the black people are suffering intensely. Their subjugation and lack of freedom has taken away from them all kinds of joy and the only think they can now do is to sing of their misery to the outer world.

    Freedom- Two image of Free bird and Caged bird is to describe the effect of freedom and its absence. When a bird is free, it can perform whatever it wants to in life. It can show its creativity and eat and grow and travel freely but a caged bird can only stand upon the grave of its own dreams and open its throat to sing of oppression.

    Enslavement- America is the worst-case scenario of human beings enslaving fellow human beings just because they are of different race. The poem shows through the image of caged bird how enslavement affects its subjects and how cruel and inhuman it is. For a long time, American saw the slave trade. The poem metaphorically deals with the issue.

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