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Compare the Techniques Of My First Sonne and Limbo

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Compare the Techniques Of My First Sonne and Limbo When looking at the two poems it is clear that On my First Sonne is composed to deal with a father losing his seven year old son. While in comparison the poet Brathwaite is highlighting the topic of slavery. When comparing the two poems it is quite noticeable that they deal with life issues of death and sadness. However, once studying the two poems it is quite noticeable that both poems distinguish and highlight religion. This is highlighted in Limbo as it say's in the last line "on the burning ground." Which can be clearly suggested that it is portraying the Christian image of Hell. Which can be defined as a place where you're in torture, which relates to the life of an African Slave where there struggling for life in places e.g. ...read more.


Showing that the poet has no knowledge of Africans God's or culture. While in contrast, the techniques used in On My First Sonne shows a traditional English poem about his love to his son. It is also writing about the English tradition of the Church of England and an identity about what it is to be English. Which during it's time was to believe in the old tradition of religion and heaven. Which when comparing the two it is noticeable that On My First Sonne show's identity and Limbo conveys lost identity. On My First Sonne it uses Trochaic pentameter in order to create the feeling of sadness by the use of a stressed and then a unstressed syllable. By using this technique it creates a feeling that the author is clueless which is shown through sentences like "Will man lament the state he should envie?" ...read more.


Showing to the reader the past represents that his child died, the present in between lines is mentioning the child's burial and the future is that the child is buried and now in heaven. In Limbo there is a use of only present tense and repetition of the title "limbo". This technique is used to make the poem capture the audience and get into the character of a slave. Furthermore, the use of repetition creates a tempo and the beat is indicated as it uses the word "drummers". However, in On My First Sonne there is a use of punctuation to create the tempo meaning the audience are less involved with the poem. In conclusion this essay shows to the reader the background of the poems one to do with slavery and another to do with England and the Church of England of faith. Furthermore, I'm showing how both poems contrast and how language is used to show tempo and contrast. ...read more.

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