What was Maya Angelou's famous poem?


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Maya Angelou's famous poem is "Caged Bird," published in the book "Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?" in 1983. The poem is six stanzas long and deals with the themes of slavery and oppression while maintaining a strong and hopeful tone.

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"Caged Bird" is Maya Angelou's most well-known poem but she has written many poems throughout her life, most of them published as collections but some published as standalone poems. "Caged Bird" is sometimes mistakenly called "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," but that second title is actually a misnomer when referring to the poem as that is the title of her first autobiography.

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