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Why did edward kamau brathwaite write the limbo poem?

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November 06, 2007 8:43PM

This poem was written to express Edwards feelings on slavery, as he also experienced slavery and at one point in his life he was a slave. The poem is called Limbo because the slaves would dance the limbo when they were aloud on the deck, of the ships they were taken to the Caribbean on. There they would have been sold or used by the slave traders themselves The writer has a very negative view on slavery, but it is also part of his identity- who he is, just like the dance and the poem. It is a mixture of pain and fun.