Maya Angelous I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Ashley Brown Accelerated English I 4.30.99 Reardon Maya Angelouís turbulent experiences through late childhood and adolescence transformed into an almost a positive force in her adult life as they helped enlighten, inspire, motivate and shape her very being. They provided her the vehement fuel that drive her achingly powerful words and allowed her the knowledge and wisdom that led to self-discovery and eventually knowledge of self, two endeavors that most of humanity is never able …

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…dire need to affirm her femininity and heterosexuality by engaging in sexual intercourse with a male, even with a boy she cared little or nothing about. Maya is able to extract from these experiences, whether they were pleasant or traumatic, and transform the wisdom into purely beautiful and sincerely evocative tales in a lucid yet elegant way that illuminates her fluid writing. Bibliography 1. Angelou, Maya. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". Published 1983. Bantam Books.