Why does the caged bird sing of ‘things unknown’?

QuestionsWhy does the caged bird sing of ‘things unknown’?
Abul Basar asked 2 years ago

What does ‘things unknown’ signify in Maya Angelou’s poem ‘I Know why the caged bird sings’?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

The caged bird is singing of freedom and hope. ‘Things unknown’ refers to the fact that the bird has never enjoyed freedom before and so has no idea as to what it tastes like. Though he is singing of freedom that he has longed for all his life, it is something completely unknown to him. 

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