Poetry Analysis of Limbo, Blessing and Half Caste
I have chosen four different poems of which come from varying cultural
backgrounds and have a moral.
I will now explain how the writers present their ideas and give the
readers an insight into different cultures.
Limbo is a poem, which shows us the feelings of slaves on slave ships
written by Edward Kamau. This poem tells the story of slavery in a
rhyming, rhythmic dance. It is ambitious and complex. There are two
narratives running in parallel, which are, the actions of the dance,
andthe history of the people, which is being enacted.
The poem shows a lot of repetition of phrases such as 'Limbo Limbo
like me, Limbo Limbo like me'. This expresses that the phrase is
dominant enough to be said twice.
The poem has a very strong beat, suggesting the dance describes: where
the word limbo appears as a complete line, it should be spoken slowly,
the first syllable extended and both syllables stressed: Lim-bo.
The writer shows fluent use of rhythm even by using varied length of
lines, this makes the reader go along with the movement of both the
poem and the storyline in general, it also makes it more involving to
Limbo is a poem of positions as the writer uses such language to break
down the moment in the poem, one example of this is when he uses the
words 'down down down'. Speaking opposite to this phrase the writer
then re-enforces the poem by using the words 'up up up' which elevates
the moment of the poem.
The poem interests the reader as the chorus is written in italics.
While the italics give the refrain (chorus) which reminds us of the
dance, the rest of the poem tells the story enacted in the dance:
these lines are beautifully rhythmic, and almost every syllable is
stressed, until the very last line, where the rhythm is broken,
suggesting the completion of the dance, and the end of the narrative.
From my own knowledge I know that a specific Christianity belief is
that the word Limbo means a place between heaven and hell. This is
where souls go and this is a very unpleasant place, which is difficult
to escape, so the writer may be referring Limbo to be the unpleasant
place between heaven and hell and not just a dance.
John Agard: Half-Caste
The poem half-caste develops a simple idea of the phrase Half Caste
and gives the ironic suggestion of things only being "half" present.
The writer opens the poem with a joke like half-caste is only like
half made and the speaker stands on one leg as if the other is not
Agard ridicules the term by showing how the greatest artists mix
things - Picasso mixes the colours, and Tchaikovsky use the black and
white keys in his piano symphonies, yet to call their art "half-caste"
The writer playfully points out how England's...