Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar- Poetry

I know why the caged bird sings!
The line suggests that at the end of the poem the speaker realizes what it like to have no freedom.

To show he is not singing because he is happy
The poet includes the words “It is not a carol of joy or glee”

To emphasize the pain by pausing at the end of the lines
What is most likely the reason for the poet’s use of the dash punctuation mark?

Beats his wing till its blood is red on the cruel bars
Which sentence from the selection best matches the feeling of the speaker of despair?

Racism and the desire that like the bird the speaker would someday be freed and not held back
The theme of Sympathy is

When the wind stirs of through the springing grass
Imagery is used in this line to create a feeling of gentleness and calmness.

Feeling trapped by your circumstances, but still fighting for what you deserve.

The poem is mostly about

And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars and they pulse again with a keener sting-
Which line inferences that the speaker feels he has to keep trying and not give up.

Creates the poem’s rhythm
The poet’s use of words like grass/glass; steals/feels; wing/cling; sting/wing

For he must fly back to his perch and cling when he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
Which line best describes the speaker’s feeling of hope of a “what could be”?

When the sun is bright on the upload slopes
Which line is symbolic of mountains?

And the river flows like a stream of glass
Which line uses a comparison of two things in order to show there is little movement?

And the faint perfume from its chalice steals
Which line includes an example of giving a non-human object a human characteristic?

When his wing is bruised and his boom sore-When he beats his bars and he would be free;
Which line includes an alliteration?

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