Why do you think the cage is “narrow” in the poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou? What is meant by “his bars of rage”?
The cage of the bird is narrow to deny him any space for liberty. His is forced to live a life full of distress and hardship. This state of the caged bird is symbolic indicating to the life of the African-Americans in Angelou’s time.
“Bars of rage” signifies the bird’s anger, having been forced to live within the limits set by the bars of the cage.