The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou Topics for Discussion

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Readers often assume the speaker of the poem is the author. Chose one poem and assume a different speaker. How does this change the message of that poem?

Often, the poems refer to historical events. Which event mentioned do you think had the greatest impact on society? How does the poet view this event?

Racial tension appears frequently in the poetry. How does racism affect your life? What advice do you think the poet would give to you regarding this?

Discuss the symbolism in "Caged Bird." Mention the cage and the bird.

How would this poet view events happening right now? Choose a recent event and discuss why Angelou would be interested in it. Write a short poem, imitating her style and language.

Often, America receives harsh criticism in the poetry. Do you think Angelou is proud to be an American? What is the impact...

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