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Compare the way the poets explore Journeys and Places in

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GCSE Grace Nichols: Hurricane Hits England

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27th February 2007

Compare the way the poets explore Journeys and Places in

'Limbo' and 'Hurricane Hits England'

Throughout 'Limbo' and 'Hurricane hits England', both poets explore the themes of journeys and places in various ways.

These include ambiguity of 'Limbo' creating a reflective and rhythmic pattern which is consequently juxta posed with the definition of limbo meaning the place between heaven and hell. This gives a positive feeling towards the poem as limbo is usually played at parties and creates fun and music whereas it can also be interpreted as negative as it's a place where your sins are not good enough for heaven but are not bad enough for hell.

In the other poem, 'Hurricane hits England' also uses a lot of juxta position to make the reader think about the poem however its more personal to Grace Nichols and talks about her home 1ife and past experiences.

During Edward Kamau Brathwaite's poem 'Limbo', the pattern of the poem is immediately introduced into the poem. "limbo, limbo like me, limbo, limbo like me". This creates a musical beat in the poem which suggests maybe an African/Jamaican culture.

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