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Fullscreen Edward Kamau Brathwaite: Limbo This poem tells the story of slavery in a rhyming, rhythmic dance. It is ambitious and complex. There are two narratives running in parallel: Going down and under the limbo stick is likened to the slaves' going down into the hold of the ship, which carries them into slavery.
In Roman Catholic tradition, limbo is a place to which the souls of people go, if they are not good enough for heaven or bad enough for hell, between which limbo lies; it has come to mean any unpleasant place, or a state of mind or body from which it is difficult to escape.
The story of slavery told in the poem is very easy to follow, yet full of vivid detail and lively action. The poem has a very strong beat, suggesting the dance it describes: While the italics give the refrain or chorus which reminds us of the dance, the rest of the poem tells the story enacted in the dance: This poem is suited to dramatic performance - there is the dancing under the limbo pole difficult for most Europeans and the acting out of the voyage into slavery.
The poem can be chanted or sung, with a rhythmic accompaniment to bring out the drama in it percussion, generally, is appropriate but drums, specifically, are ideal: What do you find interesting in the way the poem appears on the page sound effects in the poem repetition in the poem the way the limbo dance tells the story of slavery Is this a serious or comic poem?
Is it optimistic or pessimistic?
Nothing's Changed This poem depicts a society where rich and poor are divided. In the apartheid era of racial segregation in South Africa, where the poem is set, laws, enforced by the police, kept apart black and white people. The poet looks at attempts to change this system, and shows how they are ineffective, making no real difference.
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GCSE Bitesize Specimen Papers ENGLISH Paper 2 Tier H (Higher) Mark Scheme Section A: Reading: Poems from Different Cultures This section is marked out of Responses to this section should show the writer can 1.
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Comparison of Poetry of a Different Culture We live in a society where culture and identity are very important. Culture is the distinctive practices and beliefs of a society. Culture is all about where we live, our language, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the .