This poem depicts African Americans' home country as a "cage" in which they have been enslaved by the whites. The title itself is a metaphor for the song that the slaves would sing while being transported to South America. This song, also called the "Cage Song", was very popular among the slaves.
The word "symbol" here means a representative example. Thus, the song "Cage Tune Freedom Breeze" is only one of many symbols used by Williams to express his opinion about slavery.
In the poem, the word "ditty" means a short song or piece of music. So, the phrase "cage ditty" could be read as "piece of music from inside the cage".
According to the text, the word "bolero" means a type of guitar played in Spain. However, this word also has other meanings such as a large lively dance performed by peasants in Spain. As you can see, this poem uses many different words to describe something as simple as a song! This shows how complex things are when you start looking into them.
It represents the poem's topic, which is about African Americans who were persecuted by whites in their own country. The cage signifies native American territory that has been lost to white rule as a result of white dominance.
Native Americans were the first settlers in what would become the United States. They had their own government and culture before Europeans arrived. But because they were not considered human beings but rather animals, they could be bought and sold as slaves. This is why cages were used to transport them across the Atlantic Ocean to South America where slavery was widespread.
When the colonists or their descendants took over Native American land, they wanted to get rid of any competition for land or power. So they killed all the adult males on the Indian side of town and sold the children into slavery. This is how the term "cannibalism" came into use. It means eating people. Because black people were seen as nothing more than food by these early settlers, they ate most of them.
Here is an example from a newspaper article about cannibalism in Maryland during the 17th century: "In April 1694, several Indians were captured near Baltimore and taken to trial for murder. The chief evidence against them was that they had eaten two boys who had been stolen from the English settlement."
Angelou is writing symbolically on the predicament of African Americans in her poem, as depicted by the "caged bird," which sings of freedom despite having had its dreams destroyed. She contrasts a confined bird with one that "dares to take the sky." The poet also implies that even though the black man has been beaten down, he remains unbowed and strong willed.
The bird and the cage represent the plight of the African American in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The bird was taken from it's home and placed in a foreign land where it could be owned by someone else. Although it sang of its desire for freedom, this freedom was only imagined because it was forced to live in a place where freedom existed only in fairy tales. The cage also represents slavery which confined the black man so he would never challenge his owner or try to escape.
In conclusion, this poem by Maya Angelou illustrates that even though blacks were once slaves they have come far since then. Today they are given jobs which allow them to earn money and provide for their families. However, there is still racism against blacks who are denied equal rights in the United States.
Throughout her autobiographies, Angelou used the image of a bird striving to escape its prison, as portrayed in Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem. The caged bird, like components in a prison tale, signifies Angelou's incarceration as a result of racism and injustice. The image also represents freedom from oppression.
In addition to Dunbar's poem, other sources include William Blake's "The Tyger" and "London: A Poem with Notes by Various Authors." The image of the caged bird appears on covers of some editions of Angelou's books, such as Women, Race, and Power (Wiley 1989) and On Becoming a Woman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics 2006).
In Women, Race, and Power, the caged bird appears next to a quote from W. E. B. Du Bois that reads, "The problem of race relations in this country is not really one of knowledge or philosophy but of power and privilege." In the book's introduction, Angelou states that the image represents her struggle against racial discrimination and her desire for freedom.