Maya Angelou: Poems

the caged bird

Read the passage from "The Caged Bird.”

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

Read the passage from Shakespeare’s "Sonnet 29.”

When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,

Based on the figurative language, what do the speaker in Shakespeare’s sonnet and the caged bird in the poem have in common?

They both feel unwanted by society.
They both are uneasy with people staring at them.
They both are angry at their circumstances.
They both blame bad fortune for their positions.
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They both are angry at their circumstances.