The look of the caged bird represents imprisonment. The free bird represents liberty. The things in the poem have their own meanings as well. The sky, sun rays, wind, wings, tiny cage, bars, throat, hills, and many more are among them. These objects all have different meanings but together they describe how sad the caged bird's life is.
It wants to be free to fly like the wind across the sky with no limits. It also wants to sing and enjoy life like other birds do. But due to its circumstances it can't do so so it sings with its heart instead.
It weeps because it has lost its freedom and happiness. No matter what size the cage is, it will always be small compared to what it wants. Also, there could be other reasons for why it weeps such as when it is lonely or afraid. However, most likely it weeps because it has lost its freedom and wants to go back home.
The poet wants us to know that even though our cages may seem small at times, they are still cages and we should never forget that we are still free beings who deserve to live our lives happily without limitations.
The Caged Bird Metaphor is a typical animal metaphor in which a character is connected with a caged bird, signifying their sense of confinement and desire for release. The image dates back at least as far as Aeschylus' 525 B.C. play The Crede Olim! ("Believe Me!"). In this work, the bird is an important symbol for Prometheus, who deceives Zeus into locking him up in a cave so that he can serve him as a servant for all eternity.
In modern usage, the phrase "as good as his word" means that someone who has promised to do something will try to fulfill this promise even though it goes against their better judgment. The phrase originates from the idea that if you lock a bird in a cage, it will soon want out. So too, people who are locked up by their circumstances but still hope for freedom want out so badly that they will try to find a way to get out no matter how difficult or impossible this may seem.
A person who uses this analogy is saying that you can trust this person to do what they have promised. Even if they think there is no way out, they will keep trying until they find a way.
Why does "Caged Bird" start with a full stanza dedicated to the free bird? To help the reader understand what it means to be trapped inside a cage, Shaw only needs to tell them that a free bird can fly. But how can a person who is free fly if they are in a cage? The answer is that they can't, but that's not what the poet is getting at here.
The real meaning of the caged bird is clear when we consider its origin. A cage was used as punishment for criminals in England during the 1700s. To be put in a cage meant that you were stripped of your rights and could be sold into slavery. Because this poem is about freedom, then the caged bird must be someone who is not free.
People often think that things such as love and marriage are free gifts from God, but in reality, they are not. Love and marriage require responsibility from both parties to keep the flame burning bright and strong over time. Without this responsibility, the marriages of many people today will fail when faced with challenges down the road.
Freedom is something that everyone wants, but not everyone can have it. Only people who are free can fly, and only those who are caged cannot.
The poem contrasts two birds in various conditions. The free bird is exuberant and active. The imprisoned bird, on the other hand, is depressed and sluggish. The free bird loves life, yet he does not sing in the poem, despite the fact that he is capable of doing so. Because freedom is usual to him, the free bird does not sing of it. The captive bird, on the other hand, loves his cage but cannot escape from it. Thus, he sings of the joys of captivity.
These differences in condition and behavior illustrate the truth that freedom comes with a price. If you are free to do whatever you want, then you have no right to complain if things go wrong for you or if others fail to treat you well.
The poet also tells us that freedom is fragile because it depends on not being caught up in any circumstance. If you are free, you can decide what circumstances you want to live in. And you can decide not to be trapped by anything else.
Thus, freedom is not something that happens to you; it's an achievement that you gain through effort. It's a choice that you make every day.
In conclusion, "Caged Bird" is a sad poem because the free bird is sad while the captive bird is happy. Freedom comes at a price. We should be thankful for what we have instead of always wanting more.