- Dual Narrative - dance & slavery
- SOUND - the repeated "limbo/limbo like me" chorus gives the poem structure and a beat. Also the constant alliteration gives the same effect.
- Dual Narrative - Everything has more than one meaning. Slavery, dance, purgatory, etc.
- Repetition: "Limbo," "Me," "Stick" and "Dark" are all repeated at least 6 times in the poem.
Themes to compare with:
- Sound: Island Man - S's sound like the sea in the Caribbean
- Culture: Island Man - both separated from where they are supposed to be
- Describing an Event: Night of the Scorpion - both sad stories with sad endings (slavery and death [however both endings are ambiguous]). Blessing - both stories with bad endings and a great side to them (water and dance).
- How we Treat each Other: Nothing's Changed - they are both talking about how people are treated poorly because of who they are and the colour of their skin.
- Words create beat which link the reader to the drum of African tribes. The drum reminds Caribbean people of their African Past.
- "Stick" The word stick is repeated throughout the poem…