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Limbo by Edward Kamau Brathwaite

Poet & Context

Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, on May 11, 1930.
Worked as an education officer in Ghana and taught at the University of the West Indies, then
returned to England and received his Ph.D. from the University of Sussex in 1968.
His poetry traces…

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"hot/slow/step" shows reluctance to enter slavery, and sounds angry and rebellious, yet
when we see they are on "burning ground" it appears that they have reached hell. Yet as
they are able to walk slowly on this ground it could suggest that they have conquered it.


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