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FC: The Poetry Book | Of | Awesomeness.... | By Akhil Vaidya

2: Dedication | I dedicate this book to my parents, my little brother, and the aspiring poets of today hoping to be in another child's poetry school project someday.

3: Table of Contents | Page 1................................. Maya Angelou Biography | Page 2................... I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings | Page 3.......................................Poetry Analysis 1 | Page 4.......................... Analysis of Poetry Elements 1 | Page 5................................. Walt Whitman Biography | Page 6............................. Poetry Analysis 2 | Page 7............................ Analysis of Poetry Elements 2 | Page 8......................................... My Poetry | Page 9......................................... My Poetry 2 | Page 10.................................... Glossary | Page 11.................................. Bibliography

4: Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson) was born on April 4 ,1928 in St. Louis, Alabama although she grew up in Stamps, Arkansas. She was a woman of many talents with credits for being an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. Maya Angelou had many roles with the Civil Rights Movement and was closely associated with Martin Luther King Jr. She was also serving as an associate editor of The Arab Observer in Egypt. She has many collections of poems and books such as Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and On the Pulse of the Morning which was written for Bill Clinton's inaugural speech. Maya was nominated for two Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. Maya is now traveling the world spreading her elegant wisdom throughout the world. | Biography | 1

5: The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. 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. The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and is tune is heard on the distant hillfor the caged bird sings of freedom The free bird thinks of another breeze an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. | I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings | By Maya Angelou | 2

6: Poetry Analysis | In a literal translation, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is a story of two birds, one that is free and another one that is in a cage. The one that is free flies in the sky and is free to do what he wants. The line "dares to claim the sky" also infers that he is taking risks and has more opportunities and the supplies to do so. However, the caged one is trapped and can barely see through its bars. Even though it is trapped, it starts to sing about the freedom outside the cage. This is made clear by the line " the caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still". Throughout the poem you can see that the caged bird is sad and sings through the whole poem while the free bird takes advantage of his opportunities and his freedom. All of this poem, however, is a huge metaphor. The poem describes the struggles of African-Americans as they were forced into slavery. The "caged bird's" singing represents the Africans singing their traditional tribal songs; which eventually evolved into music we listen to today such as jazz. The poet Maya Angelou describes the struggles endured by these people as they were mistreated by their "owners". In the last section of the poem it says: "but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill", can possibly being a reference to the beginning of the civil rights movement. | 3

7: Figurative Language The poem itself is an example of a metaphor because it uses two birds to describe the struggles of the African-Americans as they were forced into slavery. The caged bird is a slave and the free bird is a whit American. She used this to try and bring out the bad points through a simple poem about birds. It is a lot like The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss which also explains the Cold War through simple use of where the butter should be put on the bread. Another example of figurative language is "and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees" and "his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream" are both examples of personification which are used to make the poems more descriptive and make it more believable and comparable. | Opinion of the Poem I thoroughly enjoyed I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings because it was so descriptive in describing the differences between the two birds and the oppression and struggles the African-Americans experienced through the caged bird. I especially like thee stanza "The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom." because it said that the bird had hope and that his tune is heard on he distant hill which can mean that the civil rights movement is beginning. The poem symbolized the plight of the African-Americans helps us understand more the struggle of a slave because the poet herself was born a slave. I think that this is a great poem that successfully describes the plight of the slaves and has a lot of figurative language to back up the wonderful meaning | Tone The tone of this poem is sad, depressed, and towards the end it also has signs of the never ending hope held by the caged bird or the African-American. | Rhyme Scheme There is no rhyme scheme in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings as it is a free verse poem. The poem does have a nice flow to it do making it hard to determine whether it is a free verse or not. | 4

8: Biography Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in Long Island, New York and died March 26, 1892 in Camden, New Jersey. He was a famous American poet, journalist, and essayist. He is especially known for his collection of poems called Leaves of Grass which brought poetry in America to its peak of popularity. He was the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the New Orleans Crescent. He liked to think of himself as the poet for the common people. He said the poetry started down in the Earth and very naturally. Walt considered his skills in poetry a gift from god and that his poetry was channeling his messages. He is still remembered today for his natural and down to earth poetry and for bringing poetry to America. | 5

9: A noiseless, patient spider, I mark'd, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; Mark'd how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself; Ever unreeling them--ever tirelessly speeding them. And you, O my Soul, where you stand, Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space, Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,--seeking the spheres, to connect them; Till the bridge you will need, be form'd--till the ductile anchor hold; Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul. | A Noiseless, Patient Spider | By Walt Whitman | 6

10: Poetry Analysis | In a literal translation, A Noiseless, Patient Spider is a poem about a spider making a web. He is continuously trying to shoot his filament and trying to connect to something. It keeps on trying shooting into wide open space and waiting till it gets on something where the filament will stay. However, this whole poem is in fact a metaphor. It represents the poet searching for where his soul feels content and where he belongs. He is constantly looking and trying to find the place in an open sea of places and opportunities. His soul is waiting for a place to "anchor" or to stay. The poet also says that the spider is trying to connect the filaments or that he is trying to make his soul complete. It also says he is isolated which may mean that he is trying to find a love or a family. This poem is pretty much saying that his soul is searching for something that will complete him and make him happy in a huge sea of many different things and places. | 7

11: Figurative Language This whole poem is a metaphor. It compares a spider shooting filaments and trying to catch on to something to his soul searching for the right place or thing that will make him content. I think that the filament is a metaphor for the soul searching for a place as the spider is shooting the filament everywhere. It also infers that the spider is shooting in the dark which explains the reference to isolation and measureless space. That was also a metaphor. I would go as far as to say that this whole poem is a metaphor including probably every word in it. | Opinion of the Poem I thoroughly enjoyed A Noiseless, Patient Spider because of the seamless figurative language and the inspiring message in the poem. I especially liked the line "I mark'd, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated" because it lets you know that he probably felt very alone and separated which is very relatable to people today. I was very inspired by this because it describes so many lives and how amazing it is that he easily compares a spider to a human soul. I thought this poem was amazing and great. | Rhyme Scheme There is no rhyme scheme to this poem even though it has very nice flow to it and blends very well. | Tone The tone of this poem is hopeful and a little bit of sad because in the ends it never tells if the spider got a string caught or not. | 8

12: Akhil Vaidya | The Band Its a collage of musicians that work together to keep its balance as if its a large triangle that needs to stay upright to sound exactly right from the low voices of the brass like the calls of a blue whale and the high voices of the woodwinds like the chirping of a bird they blend together to make something great even though they are so different like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate with marshmallows I am the only one part of this bold band but without me its ruined like fries without sauce but not just myself anyone can go and you know something is missing for a band is not just a class its a large pyramid take one thing apart it all falls down but with more bricks coming in the bigger the band gets its like a huge family never-ending and they cant do anything without each other | My Poetry | 9

13: The Escape I do not know what to do as I am stuck in my room crying over the things I have done I am so very lonely like a lone star from above and so separated from others and all of them hate me they look at me with eyes like a wolf about to eat me alive My voice is as high as the girl's chorus and my height is below the others I am a short bonsai tree living among the oak they laugh at me everyday as if I am like a clown and the only solution I see will end it all it would take one million tons of pressure off my shoulders and let me be free once and for all I have dreams as big as the stars and don't want to end it all But the people on the bus exclude me everyday like a small baby banned from going up the stairs I may or may not do it I'll see what I should do But for now I've made my decision I'll do it this afternoon what a short life I had it went by so fas like a mouse running across the floor I say goodbye to this cruel world that is as mean as the devil I will escape from the world itself forevermore | 10

14: Glossary | Trill: to sing or play with a vibratory or quavering effect | Promontory: a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland | Ductile: capable of being hammered out thin, as certain metals; malleable | Gossamer: a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather, especially in autumn | Filament: a very fine thread or threadlike structure; a fiber or fibril: filaments of gold. | 11

15: Bibliography | Poetry.org. 29 Mar. 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2011 | JMCommunications.org. Adan Medrano. 28 Jan. 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2011. | MayaAngelou.com. Design Haus. 29 Mar. 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2011 | Biography.com. AETN Digital. 29 Mar. 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2011 | NotableBiographies.com. 29 Mar. 2011 Web. 29 Mar. 2011 | Dictionary.com. LLC. 29 Mar. 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2011 | 12

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