Why Does The Caged Bird Sing?
Music and poetry are very closely related. Poetry can serve as the voice to the melody, giving the words a different effect on the audience. The past and present are also closely linked. In many ways the past is the foundation for what occurs in the present.
Listen to a sample of Alicia Keys' song: Caged Bird.
Read the lyrics to
Alicia's song as we listen to the entire song in class.
Listen to Buck Shot Le Fonque's version of Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings," in class as we read her poem together.
Read Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem: Sympathy