“A NIGHTINGALE CANNOT SING IN A CAGE” – OR CAN IT? A PROVERB AND ITS RELATED BELIEFS

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Chlarles Clay Doyle

Abstract

The international proverb “A nightingale (or other bird) cannot (does not, will not) sing in a cage” is several centuries old—prevalent in English since the eighteenth century—though rebuttals or exceptions to the proverb, both popular and “scientific,” have also been common. In modern times a special application of the proverb occurs in the poetry of Paul Lawrence Dunbar and in the prose and verse of Maya Angelou.

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Keywords:
international proverbs, proverbs in English, popular beliefs, songbirds, Aesop, William Caxton, African American literature, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Maya Angelou.
How to Cite
Doyle, C. C. “‘A NIGHTINGALE CANNOT SING IN A CAGE’ – OR CAN IT? A PROVERB AND ITS RELATED BELIEFS”. Proverbium - Yearbook, vol. 38, Aug. 2021, pp. 47-56, https://naklada.ffos.hr/casopisi/proverbium/article/view/14.
Author Biography

Chlarles Clay Doyle

216 Marion Drive Athens, Georgia 30606 U.S.A.

E-mail: cdoyle@uga.edu