I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

extended metaphor

Write four to six sentences explaining the use of extended metaphor in the poem "Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou.

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The poem itself is a metaphor from start to finish. The caged bird is representative of those who lack freedom.... everyone experiencing restrictions and oppression. The cage represents exactly what we'd believe, a form of imprisonment. The bird's song symbolizes the cries of freedom, and the combination of the two represents the need for every living thing to reach its full potential, something that cannot be done amid barriers and fear.