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Why do the second and fifth stanza begin with “But” in “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”?

QuestionsWhy do the second and fifth stanza begin with “But” in “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”?
Abul Basar asked 2 years ago

Why do the second and the fifth stanza of the poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou begin with ‘but’?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

‘But’ is here a transition word to indicate contrast. The subject in the second and the fifth stanzas contrasts with the theme in their respective previous stanzas. While the first stanza talks about the liberty of the free bird, the second deals with the caged one. The same pattern follows in the fourth and fifth stanzas. 


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