The caged bird sings. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. Maya Angelou, “Caged Bird” from Shaker, Why.
Suggested Essay Topics. Writing help Suggested Essay Topics. 1. What characters serve as positive role models for Maya? Specifically, how does Maya come to her conclusions about the strength of black women? 2. Does Maya’s sense of displacement make her susceptible to Mr. Freeman’s sexual advances? How does the rape and Mr. Freeman’s death influence her throughout the rest of the book? 3.