Anthology Summary on the Poems from Different Cultures

This is just some summaries for the following poems;

-Limbo

-Nothing's changed

-Island Man

-Blessing

-2 Scavengers

-Night of the Scorpion

-Vultures

-What were they like?

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ANTHOLOGY
Limbo:
The poem Limbo is about slaves on their journey to America. Although they don't know where they
are going, they must be scared and uncertain. They've fortunately made up a rhythm and sense of
musicality "limbo limbo like me" which appears to get them through their journey. We know they
must be scared and uncertain to what is happening because these people describe it as a "long night
dark is the silence in front of me" and describe the "dark still steady". The conditions appear to be
horrible "long dark deck" "water surrounding me" "silence is over me" (silence could represent
death?). The journey on the boat appears to be like a limbo movement; their mood starts off okay
( ) then it goes down once the people come to reality of where they are ( ) and finally it then goes
up again when they finish their journey ( ). E.g. --__-- . We can see this when it says monosyllabically
"down down down" and "up up up". The "sun is coming up" also shows that there mood has now
risen and that they're almost near the end of their journey. Sharp sounds such as "ck" and "rk" could
also represent sounds of chains as the "ck" and "rk" sounds are rather sharp themselves. The title
limbo means when you're stuck in-between heaven and hell for eternity and slaves on that ship must
feel like they've been on the ship for eternity almost like limbo, not quite in hell and not quite in
heaven but feeling dead and missing family. The last four lines "hot slow step on the burning ground"
appears to be projecting uncertainty and hesitance from the slaves as if they don't know what will
happen next, but they're just happy to be out of the horrible conditions.
Nothing's changed:
The poem Nothing's Changed is about a man returning to his hometown in district 6. It is clear that this
man is extremely unhappy and angry by the way things are. The poem is very good at using imagery
an example of this is in the first line "Small round hard stones click under my heels". And in the rest of
the first stanza we see that he is describing what he can feel around him and setting the scene for us.
The second stanza appears to show the man recognising his whereabouts "District 6. No board says
it is; but my feet know", it is clear that he is angry "anger of my eyes". We realise why he is angry in
the third stanza; he clearly does not agree with the segregation that used to and still does goes on in
this town. He believes that the white people act superior to the black people "haute cuisine, guard
at the gatepost whites only inn." In the next stanza he only says "No sign says it is but we know
where we belong". This means to say that black people would be allowed to go to the inn but it
would be extremely unusual, this means that they would feel like outsiders. He himself feels like an
outsider as he presses his nose "to the clear panes". Stanza five shows that white people are also
wealthier than black people. The poet uses "linen" when describing the table clothes. The sixth
stanza shows the type of place the black people go and would `belong' it is a "working man's cafe"
and instead of an "haute cuisine" there are "bunny chows" and instead of "linen" there are "plastic
table's top". It's clear that to this man, the town hasn't changed he feels like a "boy again" and his last
remark is that "nothing has changed", this last remark appears to be resurrecting hatred for what he
used to hate when he was a boy; segregation.

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Island man:
This poem is about a Caribbean island man in London who still wakes up to the sound of the sea.
Although this poem is short it reveals a lot about the man and that he extremely misses his home. He
is in a dream state throughout this poem until stanza four.…read more

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Night of the Scorpion:
This poem is a narrative poem of a man retelling an event that happened during his childhood. This
event was the night his mother got bit by a scorpion. This poem is set in a poor country as the houses
there have "mud-baked walls" and it appears to be a monsoon season. This poem is basically about
the whole community coming together after this boy's mother is stung.…read more

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Nothing's Changed.
Limbo (identity)
Night of The Scorpion (1st person)
Blessing (inequality)
Two Scavengers (division)
What were they like? (change)
Island Man.
What were they like? (Loss of culture)
Two Scavengers (contrast)
Limbo (transition)
Night of the Scorpion (people)
Blessing.
Night of the Scorpion (cultures)
What were they like? (Cultures)
Nothing's changed (inequality)
Vultures (imagery)
Two Scavengers.
Island man (contrast)
What were they like? (politics)
Nothing's changed (division)
Night of the Scorpion.…read more

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