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Poetry from Other Cultures.

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Poetry from Other Cultures essay Poets who were born in Britain don't usually write about slavery or how important water is to them. Many poets who are not originally into a traditional English culture use English in many different ways. Night of the scorpion, Limbo and Sacrifice all seem like they are poems that have been written to represent beliefs or a way of life. They have all got rhythms and beats and some even use nursery rhymes or chants as a basis for the poem. Language is extremely important to some people especially poets. Sometimes you can see by looking at a poem that it is not written in Standard English. At the beginning of Night of The Scorpion, a child is talking about how it remembers the night when its mother was stung by a scorpion. The child mentions "Ten hours of steady rain has driven him to crawl beneath a sack of rice". Here, the child is describing the scorpion and the reason for its arrival. The child points out that the scorpion "parted with its poison" which literally means that the scorpion has stung someone. Throughout the poem, the scorpion is described as an evil being; "The flask of diabolic tail in the dark room" shows this. ...read more.

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"I watched the flame feeding on my mother" this is one of the most effective quotes in this poem as it's dramatic and metaphorical. Again, the poet describes how people are trying to help the child's mother by writing; "I watched a holy man perform his rites to tame the poison with an incantation". The p poet gives the effect that the poison has been inside the mother for a long time by saying; "After twenty hours, it lost its sting" The last three lines of the poem have had a large amount of thought go into them, as it's unusual to normally end a poem like this. The poem Limbo, tells the story of slavery in a rhyming, rhythmic dance. It is ambiguous and complex. There are two main narratives running in parallel; the actions of the dance and the history of a people - which is being enacted. Going down 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 but not bad enough for hell, between this is Limbo. It has come to mean an unpleasant place or a state of mind or body from which it is difficult to escape. ...read more.

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Also, there are still some cultures today that sacrifice animals to their "gods". "We stand in a tight circle around the animal to be sacrificed" this short sentence is a great example of this. It seems that the child in question seems to dislike the idea of animals being sacrificed. "The heat and the smell of the blood make me dizzy". Again, there is a whole paragraph describing just how the animal in question is sacrificed. The writer of the poem has made a strange choice by putting both children and the theme of sacrificing together, as usually a poet would not normally do this. "The children are fascinated by the tableau". Here, a drama convention is used. A tableau is a still image that can be used at the beginning, during or at the end of a piece of drama. Again, the idea of ceremonies are used; "A white bearded man chants something holy". "The cameras click." This short sentence sounds wrong when put into context with the theme of the poem. The idea of people taking pictures of an animal that has just been sacrificed is disgusting. The ending of the poem is unusual because it seems that it is from the boy's point of view because it describes the house as an unnecessary killing. "We are not laying the foundations of a house but another dachau." A Dachau is a Nazi concentration camp where thousands of Jews were exterminated. ...read more.

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