English - Limbo

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Poems from different cultures
Surface meaning
The narrator discusses his experiences of the limbo ritual and refers to life on a slave ship.
Theme and implied meanings
A protest poem comparing time spent aboard a slave ship with the limbo dance. At the end, the man
either dies and feels his spirit migrate to heaven or lands on dry earth.
Strangely muted, reflective.
Form and structure
Longer lines (mimesis) remind us of the stick. Poem thoughtfully and clearly crafted ­ contains a
mixture of short and long lines.
Cultural points
Slave ships and the abominable treatment of those on board.


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