Peter Revell: On "Sympathy"

A poem like "Sympathy"—with its repeated line, "I know what the caged bird feels, alas!"—can be read as a cry against slavery, but was probably written out of the feeling that the poet’s talent was imprisoned in the conventions of his time and exigencies of the literary marketplace.

From Paul Laurence Dunbar. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1979. Copyright © 1979 by G.K. Hall & Co.

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Title Peter Revell: On "Sympathy" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Peter Revell Criticism Target Paul Laurence Dunbar
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 17 Aug 2015
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication Paul Laurence Dunbar
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