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CBSE - VIII - English

Sir,can you explain the poem" sympathy"

Asked by topperlearning02 7th September 2015, 6:35 PM
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In the poem “Sympathy” the poet speaks about a bird who is trapped in a cage. Outside, it can see the bright sun and upland slopes; the wind that blows gently through the grass; and the river that flows like a glass stream. He is heartbroken for the poor bird since he can feel the caged bird’s emotions. In the second stanza, he speaks about the plight of the poor bird who clangs its wings against the bars of the cage until it bleeds. The bird’s scars suggest that it had tried to escape the bars of the cage many times before. The poet knows that the bird beat its wings to escape the cage and embrace its freedom. The bird is wearied by its continuous attempts to escape. In the final stanza, the bird does not sing about joy and glee but it says a prayer to God. It prays so that he may have the opportunity to be free.

Answered by Expert 7th September 2015, 6:56 PM

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