FCA’s Student: Gabriel Bohorquez1. Introduction/ Conclusion /30 points Assignment: Poetry Analysis2. Body Paragraph/ Support /50 points Due date: January 26, 20183. Basics /10 points Class: C Period4. Correct Citations /10 points Date: January 21, 2018TITLE “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou was first written and published in 1983 as part of her volume of poems and autobiography, in her book “Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?”. During the poem, Angelou compares a free bird to a bird in a cage to illustrate the inequality of freedom between African-Americans and Whites during the 1950 and 1960. The free bird symbolizes the people who were not oppressed (Whites) and the caged bird, on the other hand, symbolized the African Americans who were oppressed and had to follow strict rules. Deriving from this idea, comes the Theme of the poem. The theme of a poem is the central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work. Each literary work has his unique theme. To fully understand the theme of the poem “Caged Bird”, one has has to analysis the three poetic elements which help develop it: Extended Metaphor, Imagery and Personification. The first poetic element that helps develop the theme of the poem is extended metaphor. Metaphor is a figure of speech which one thing is spoken of as though it were something else. An extended metaphor sustains the comparison for several lines. There are several examples of this poetic element in the poem. One of the examples is when the comparison of the caged bird who still sings despite being caged and those who do not have freedom. Even though they don’t have freedom they hope for a better life, “and his tune in heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom” (lines 35- 38).