I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

the caged bird

Read the excerpt from Walt Whitman’s poem “I Sit and Look Out” that Clara is using in her analysis of “The Caged Bird.”

I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame; I hear the secret convulsive sobs . . .

Clara chose this excerpt to help support her interpretation of “The Caged Bird” because it has an extended metaphor that examines

secrecy.
sacrifice.
shame.
suffering.
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suffering.