Limbo - Edward Kamau Braithwaite

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  • Created on: 17-05-11 19:07

What is 'Limbo' about?

Limbo - a west Indian dance 

The poem chronicles the exportation of slaves from West Africa to the West Indies

Describes slaves being transported on a ship. Explores ideas of hope and despair

Techniques used

  • Enjambment - lack of punctuation could reflect the never ending voyage or the tides of the sea, or the flowing rhythm of the dance
  • Repetition - Could represent the repetitive nature of their journey, the chant and rhythm of the dance or to emphasise the slaves are in a state of Limbo. 
  • Monosyllabic Words - Provides rhythm, sounds harsh, reflects




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