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Method used in Limbo.

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What methods are used in 'Limbo'? Limbo, by Edward Kamau Brathwaite, is a poem about slavery. In this essay I am going to be looking at the different methods that are used in the poem. Firstly, the layout of the poem. It is split into lots of short stanzas with some lines only containing one word. This is so that it keeps the rhythm. Limbo is a dance and this meaning of the word is shown through the layout. There is also a lot of dactyls. These are one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. 'over me', 'under me', 'calling me' etc. ...read more.


This could be to emphasise how they are being hit and it could also show how they are being treated like animals. Animals such as horses are whipped to make them run faster; they could be treated like animals and whipped to make them work faster. There are a number of monosyllabic lines in the poem. These are used to show anger. 'stick hit sound, 'knees spread wide', 'stick is the whip'. They are all very harsh sounding. 'stick hit sound' doesn't have the 'a' or 'the' that you would write normally so that it mimics the drummers beat. 'knees spread wide' is particularly meaningful. ...read more.


There is a bit of assonance in the poem. 'stick is the whip'. The 'i' sound makes it sound like something is being struck, which fits in with the slavery theme. 'Limbo like me' It is the most repeated line in the while poem. It could have two meanings. Firstly it could mean 'come and dance with me' as in, why don't you come and limbo like me. Or secondly it could mean, 'I am in limbo'. Limbo between heaven and hell, life or death. Limbo is not as angry as you might expect from a poem about slavery. It views it more as something which is not very nice or good, but you can work through it and find an end. ...read more.

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