Sympathy Paul Laurence Dunbar Analysis

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Poetry expresses itself through imagination, rhyme, and emotions. People come to poetry when their hearts are empty, their thoughts are unheard because it paints on the canvas of life with the colors of their souls. Paul Laurence Dunbar and Maya Angelou used poetry to voice the yearning for freedom from oppression in “Sympathy” and “I know why the caged bird sings.” Notwithstanding the similarities in theme and imagery, the poems differs from each other in the use of poetic devices, tone, and language.
“Sympathy” was composed by Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1899. Albeit the Union’s victory in the Civil War abolished slavery as well as granted African American the right to freedom and liberty, society still discriminated and limited Dunbar from his