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Comparing how the poets Levertov andBrathwaite use poetic techniques to convey ideas about belongin

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Comparing how the poets Levertov and Brathwaite use poetic techniques to convey ideas about belonging to a particular culture Both poets Brathwaite and Levertov describe how people belonging to a culture are changed by a more powerful culture. This is done in both poems by an amount of force. There are symbols and powerful techniques to bring you into this. In the poem 'Limbo', unable to protect and defend themselves, the West Africans find themselves exploited by the Europeans. Clearly, poetic techniques and structure are used to convey and influence the meaning of the poems. ...read more.


Brathwaite however uses the 'Limbo Stick' Lowering to show signs of submission and getting higher to show the path they have to fight for, the path to freedom. Brathwaite too uses this technique too imply on the pain and suffering in everyday life the West Africans went through in the poem 'Limbo' before and after they were exploited, as did the Vietimese people of Levertov's 'What were they like?' Sound techniques are useful to emphasise important ideas within a poem. Both poets' poems use alliteration and onomatopoeia to help express the anger and bitterness in the words 'burned mouth' taken from Levertov's 'what were they like?' ...read more.


Both poets' poems look deceptively organised, creating eight line stanzas and then breaking the pattern. If you look at the structure of Brathwaite's 'Limbo' it is long and thin possibly representing the stick that the slaves were beaten with by the Europeans. Then again in Levertov's 'what were they like the structure of the poem is wavy possibly representing the flames of the Americans chemical weapons. In both poems, poetic techniques are important to convey the feelings of the persona. Both Levertov's 'What were they like?' and Brathwaite's 'Limbo' use these techniques to convey the amount of pain and suffering the persona's had to go through as they were exploited. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jonathan Hoaksey 10Ys Class work ...read more.

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