5a. The free bird had a calm, happy, fulfilling life. He dipped his wings in the orange sun rays, meaning he flew all throughout the sky as much as he pleased. The word choices in his sections of the poem provided a calm, serene image in my mind.
5b. The phrases that are continually repeated throughout the poem are
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.
These lines must be repeated because it shows the life of the caged bird. She uses words like “fearful”, “unknown”, “distant”, and “longed for”. These are all dark, deep, depressing words that should make the reader sympathize and feel empathy for the bird who is living a very unhappy, unnatural life.
5c. The message that Angelou was trying to get across to her readers is that living a trapped, confined life is not and never will be a happy one. In order to be truly happy and content, one must be free to do as he or she pleases. She does a beautiful job comparing and contrasting the caged bird to the free one, as it makes it easier for the reader to understand the confinements that are set. Some humans don’t realize that they are trapped, very much like the cage bird is.
5d. The two poems both talk about being unhappy in confinement. Both poems are talking about beat down birds who are longing for freedom to do as they please, and the human in “Sympathy” understands the tragic confinements that the caged birds are forced to live in. They may both be talking about birds, but we can analyze these poems and see that they are also talking about humans. Humans that are literally trapped in a space, or even humans who are trapped in their minds. We will never live happy and fulfilling lives unless we are as free as the free bird dipping its wings in the orange sky.