Nothings Changed and Limbo

Nothings Changed and Limbo

Compare ‘Limbo’ and ‘Nothing’s Changed’ how do the poets present their ideas about identity?

The poem ‘Limbo’ was writen by Edward Kamau Brathwaite and was born in 1930’s in Barbados in the West Indies. The poet is the telling us about how the blacks are treated on a slave ship and are being forcibly deported to the plantations in the southern states of the USA . Tatamkhulu Afrika was writing about life in South Africa before and after Apartheid. Both poems talk about poverty and racism.

Both narrators show the identity through different techniques of complex words to make the reader ask deep questions and to feel sorry for the poor people who have deal with such suffering.

The poem ‘Limbo’ presents his ideas about the identity that black people then were treated as they were nothing and also that white people were in control of the blacks. Either how the black people were hopeless they still had the belief that God will rescue them from the restraint over them. Mainly the words like ‘the silence in front of me’ shows how scared they were during the night, this was because the narrator was scared of what will happen to her. On the other hand the expressions like ‘sun coming up’ tells us that they are relieved that the sun is coming up and it is rescuing them from the fierce power of the white people.

The identities that have been explained in the poem puts the reader in the position of like being in the poem and as well of not knowing what to say as he finally reaches his town. Words like ‘anger of my eyes’ shows how displeased he is with the progress on how to improve the black people’s lives. When he sees that new restaurant and finds out that only white people are only aloud and the guards standing outside the restaurant he finally realises that racism is still is there. Also he is angry that no one is doing nothing to make sure that this discrimination must be stopped and that every man has the same amount of equal...

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