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What is the speaker describing in the first stanza of sympathy?

Answer Expert Verified. In the poem Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar, in the first stanza the writer describes The outside world the bird is kept from, this can be seen in the way he takes the time to describe the physical traits of this world rather than focus on how the bird feels just yet.

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In respect to this, what does the bird symbolize in sympathy?

The bird still sings inside the cage, but it is not the same. The song thus represents anything that a creature is born to do; in the case of the speaker, he is born to write. If he is free, his writing will represent a more contented state of mind than if he feels trapped.

Similarly, why does the bird beat its wings in sympathy? It really, really wants to leave that cage, so much so that it keeps hurting itself (eesh). Each time the bird beats its wings against the bars, its old scars "pulse," or throb again. This suggests the idea of recurring pain. The bird suffers over and over again; its pain isn't limited.

Beside this, what is a main theme of Dunbar's first stanza?

Paul Laurence Dunbar through this lyric poem highlight the suffering of the oppressed by prejudice and unfair laws with the use of the analogy of caged bird. This poem is written in three stanzas containing seven lines each. The first stanza opens with the thematic refrain: 'I know what the caged bird feels'.

What kind of contrast does the poet create in the first stanza through the images of nature?

the poem is sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar. The first stanza of the poem creates a visual imagery in the mind of the reader. It shows what the bird is missing out on as it is caged.

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