What does “fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn” signify?

QuestionsWhat does “fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn” signify?
Abul Basar asked 2 years ago

What is the significance of the expression — “fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn” 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 line occurs in the fourth stanza of Angelou’s poem “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” where she compares the situations of a caged bird with that of a free bird.
 
In the above quoted line, fat worms waiting on a bright lawn means that opportunities are always present at the hands of the free bird. He even doesn’t have to find foods here and there. He gets anything and everything at will. 
 
This is to indicate the privilege that the white people of America enjoyed over the African Americans who used to lead their life like the caged bird in the poem.

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Dwyane jhonson answered 5 months ago

Fat worms denotes the quality and quantity of the resources available for the whites or the free bird. Bright lawn shows us his freedom to go anywhere and have anything to do.

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