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Ch 3: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Literary Devices

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This ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'' Literary Devices chapter includes short lessons and quizzes that can help you understand the literary devices used in this novel. Use these resources to boost your knowledge as you study for a quiz or test.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the literary devices of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the poetic devices, language and irony used in this short novel. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing and understanding the allusions, motifs, similes, symbols and other literary devices used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Literary Devices chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary devices used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings poetic devices and figurative language
  • Imagery, foreshadowing and rhetorical devices in the novel
  • The novel's examples of personification
  • Allusions, motifs, metaphors and similes in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Uses of hyperbole, irony and point of view in the novel
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings symbols and parallelism

14 Lessons in Chapter 3: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Literary Devices
Figurative Language in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

1. Figurative Language in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'' by Maya Angelou is an autobiographical story about the writer's experience with abuse and neglect as a child. In this lesson, we will examine the author's use of figurative language in this novel.

Imagery in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Examples

2. Imagery in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Examples

Maya Angelou uses colorful language to describe her childhood filled with abuse, neglect, and racism. In this lesson, we will define and discuss examples of imagery from Maya Angelou's ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

Foreshadowing in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

3. Foreshadowing in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou tells of the first years of her life in her autobiography 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.' This story tells of the hardships she encountered and overcame. This lesson will explore Angelou's use of the literary device of foreshadowing.

Rhetorical Devices in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

4. Rhetorical Devices in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Want to add a little extra memorability to your writing? Consider rhetorical devices. In this lesson, we'll take a look at some examples of rhetorical devices in Maya Angelou's, ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

Examples of Personification in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

5. Examples of Personification in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

If you are curious about personification in Maya Angelou's ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'', you've come to the right place. Angelou uses this literary device to paint a vivid picture of her childhood in the American South.

Allusions in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

6. Allusions in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

In this lesson, we will identify Maya Angelou's usage of various allusions in her autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''. This novel discusses Maya's childhood experiences, which were filled with neglect, abuse, and racism.

Motifs in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

7. Motifs in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

In the following lesson, we will examine Maya Angelou's incorporation of motifs, including suffering for redemption, literature, and names in the autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

Metaphors in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

8. Metaphors in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

In this lesson, we'll examine a few examples of metaphors in Maya Angelou's descriptive account of her childhood in the autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''.

Similes in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

9. Similes in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

In Maya Angelou's, ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'', simile is used to help the reader imagine or understand the author's meaning. This lesson takes a look at a few great examples of similes from this book.

Hyperbole in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

10. Hyperbole in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Although Maya Angelou's life story is fairly dramatic on its own, there are times when she uses hyperbole to add emphasis or comedy to her experience. In this lesson, we will examine Maya Angelou's use of hyperbole in her autobiography 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.'

Irony in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

11. Irony in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

In this lesson, we will discuss the various types of irony in Maya Angelou's autobiographical novel about her abusive childhood, ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''. Afterwards, take the quiz to see what you learned.

Point of View in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

12. Point of View in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou's autobiographical work illustrates the precocious perspective of a child, and the reflective perspective of her as an adult. Through this work, the reader can see her intellectual perspective on the events in her life develop.

Symbols in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

13. Symbols in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Would you know what a symbol in literature if you found one? In this lesson, we'll take a look at some interesting symbols in Maya Angelou's ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.''

Parallelism in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

14. Parallelism in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou's 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'' tells the autobiographical story of her childhood and adolescence during the 1920s-1940s in the American South. Review this lesson to learn about her use of parallelism to better express her message.

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