Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself.
Author: Maya Angelou
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings continues to be a maturational novel . Marguerite no longer merely observes the happenings in the Store ; she readily participates in the activities . Her insights into the happenings of the Klan are ...
Author: Anita Price Davis
Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.
Category: Study Aids
REA's MAXnotes for Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.
According to Lyman B. Hagan, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, lauded by many as a literary classic which should be read and taught to all African American young people, is one of the ten books most frequently targeted for exclusion ...
Author: Joanne M. Braxton
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Category: Literary Criticism
With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these works that have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide, for the first time, an accessible forum in which readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray. Perhaps more than any other single text, Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings helped to establish the "mainstream" status of the renaissance in black women's writing. This casebook presents a variety of critical approaches to this classic autobiography, along with an exclusive interview with Angelou conducted specially for this volume and a unique drawing of her childhood surroundings in Stamps, Arkansas, drawn by the Angelou herself.
... I know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows like a stream of glass; When the first bird sings and the first bud opes, ...
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Category: African American authors
Presents a collection of essays analyzing Angelou's story, I know why the caged bird sings. Also includes a chronology of events in the author's life.
Writing Assignment 4: Reading and Writing for Critical Analysis Your Task: Write a critical essay in which you discuss I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings from the particular perspective ofthe statement that is provided for you in the ...
Key features of this text: How to study the text Author and historical background General and detailed summaries Commentary on themes, structure, characters, language and style Glossaries Test questions and issues to consider Essay writing ...
Author: Imelda Pilgrim
Publisher: Longman Group
Category: American literature
Key features of this text: How to study the text Author and historical background General and detailed summaries Commentary on themes, structure, characters, language and style Glossaries Test questions and issues to consider Essay writing advice Cultural connections Literary terms Illustrations Colour design
(13) Contrast the female characters in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings with those of the poem "Our Grandmothers" from Angelou's I Shall Not Be Moved. (14) Discuss Angelou's comment in Ebony magazine in February 1982: "Black people ...
Author: Mary Robinson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Literary Criticism
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. Piqued by a dare, Angelou wrote this first book as an exercise in autobiography as art—and succeeded. Her novel is a story of the difficulties of black women and the eventual victory of spirit that comes from being a soulful fighter. CliffsNotes on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings helps you explore this tale of rebirth, self-worth, and dignity. This concise supplement helps you understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Features that help you study include A close look at the author's life which offers insight into her writing A list of characters and their descriptions Summaries and commentaries, chapter by chapter Critical assessments of the novel and the television movie adaptation Glossaries to help you fully understand the novel Critical essays on women in the novel and Southern Fundamentalism A review section that tests your knowledge, and suggested essay topics Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.
Author: BookCaps Study Guides StaffPublish On: 2012
When her older brother was young, he could not say her name and so “Maya” is how she was known. ... she was urged to write an autobiography which turned into a series of autobiographies of which “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ...
Author: BookCaps Study Guides Staff
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The perfect companion to Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book.
This engaging summary presents an analysis of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, the first part of the author’s seven-volume autobiography, which recounts her life up to the age of 17, shortly after the birth of her son.
Author: Bright Summaries
Category: Literary Criticism
Unlock the more straightforward side of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, the first part of the author’s seven-volume autobiography, which recounts her life up to the age of 17, shortly after the birth of her son. Her early life was marked by adversity: her parents were largely absent, racism and discrimination were rife across America, and she endured a traumatic sexual assault at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend. However, in spite of these hardships, Angelou found joy in literature and in her relationship with her beloved brother Bailey, resulting in an undercurrent of optimism throughout her memoir. Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, actress, singer and activist. She is remembered in particular for her autobiographical writings and her poems, including “Still I Rise” and “On the Pulse of Morning”, which she recited at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. Find out everything you need to know about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!