Paul Laurence Dunbar's 'Sympathy'

The poem from which Maya Angelou got her title for 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'


Paul Laurence Dunbar

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,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged…

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