Sympathy is a thought-provoking literary piece about slavery and freedom. It was first published in 1899. The poem speaks about brutal slavery, racial segregation, and social discrimination practiced in American society against the African-American community.
- 1 What is the message of Sympathy poem?
- 2 What does the bird symbolize in Sympathy?
- 3 Why does the bird hurt himself in Sympathy?
- 4 What best describes the theme of Sympathy?
- 5 Why is the Sympathy suitable for the title of the poem?
- 6 What does the cage represent in Sympathy?
- 7 What is the meaning of Fain in line 11?
- 8 How is the bird personified in the poem Sympathy?
- 9 What does the reference to old old scars suggest?
- 10 What expression appears repeatedly in sympathy?
- 11 What does like a stream of glass mean?
- 12 Which is one thematic between a man said to the universe and Sympathy?
- 13 Which lines from Sympathy best convey the idea that physical pain is a part of the anguish of imprisonment?
- 14 How are cranes A man said to the universe and dunbars We Wear the Mask different?
What is the message of Sympathy poem?
The theme of Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy” is about his feelings regarding a life imprisoned. For Dunbar, he recognizes the importance of being free: free to be able to experience the wonders of nature and free to experience the feeling of not giving up.
What does the bird symbolize in Sympathy?
What does the word caged signify in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s sympathy? The caged bird symbolizes African Americans desperate for freedom from slavery. Cage stands for various tactics white people used to block their ways to freedom.
Why does the bird hurt himself in Sympathy?
Not only that, but—stuck in its little cage—this bird can’t hang out with other birdies, and it can’t smell the beautiful flowers. Not only is the bird wounded because it beats its wings against the cage, trying to get free, but every time it does so its “old scars” throb again with a new pain.
What best describes the theme of Sympathy?
Which best describes the theme of “Sympathy”? The psychological pain of being trapped is greater than any physical pain.
Why is the Sympathy suitable for the title of the poem?
The poem is titled ‘Sympathy’ to show that the author can truly sympathise with the feelings of the caged bird. He can relate to the pain and suffering of the bird.
What does the cage represent in Sympathy?
The caged bird in “Sympathy” symbolizes those who are oppressed by their society. Dunbar would have understood this issue well, as an African American writing at the end of the nineteenth century.
What is the meaning of Fain in line 11?
Lines 10-11 When he fain would be on the bough a-swing; The bird would rather be swingin’ on a bough ( “fain” means that the bird would “prefer” to be hanging out on a bough, or a tree branch). A cage totally cramps its style (understandable).
How is the bird personified in the poem Sympathy?
Using the metaphor of a bird, Dunbar highlights the importance of freedom. He also describes captivity through the plea and struggle of a caged bird. “Sympathy” As a Representative of Sorrow: As this poem is about the caged bird, the poet explains how the bird feels after deprived of the pleasures of life.
What does the reference to old old scars suggest?
The reference to the “old, old scars” here suggests that this isn’t the first time the little birdie is beating its wings against the bars. It really, really wants to leave that cage, so much so that it keeps hurting itself (eesh).
What expression appears repeatedly in sympathy?
Line 1, 7: In the first stanza, the speaker repeats the words ” I know what the caged bird feels” twice, at the beginning and the end of the stanza. By telling us that he knows how the “caged bird” feels, he implies that, like the bird, he feels trapped. He uses repetition to get his point across here.
What does like a stream of glass mean?
And the river flows like a stream of glass; In these lines, we get more beautiful landscape imagery: a breeze stirring the grass and the river flowing like glass (that’s a simile if you’re scoring at home). The speaker emphasizes all the wonderful things that the bird is missing out on.
Which is one thematic between a man said to the universe and Sympathy?
Which is one thematic similarity between “A Man Said to the Universe” and “Sympathy”? Answer: d: Both present an individual challenging an external force.
Which lines from Sympathy best convey the idea that physical pain is a part of the anguish of imprisonment?
Those who break the rules of society deserve to be imprisoned. Which lines from “Sympathy” best convey the idea that physical pain is part of the anguish of imprisonment? ” But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—I know why the caged bird sings!”
How are cranes A man said to the universe and dunbars We Wear the Mask different?
How are Crane’s “A Man Said to the Universe” and Dunbar’s “We Wear the Mask” different? Crane’s poem suggests that each person is unique; Dunbar’s poem suggests that all people hide their emotions equally.