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WHITEBOARD
Read the poem ‘Limbo’
• Write a list of all the objects
mentioned in the poem.

• What do you think the poem is
about?

• Does this poem have a positive or a
negative mood?
By the end of the lesson ...
• I will be able to make links between a
poem and its context.
• I will have practiced thinking and
writing about structure.

(according to some Christian
beliefs) the supposed place
of rest foran uncertainsouls
unbaptised period
– of waiting
between Heaven & Hell.

an unknown place between two extremes

What does the word


LIMBO mean?

West Indian dance


an imaginary place for the lost or forgotten
The Slave Trade

15 million Africans were


transported to the America’s
between 1540 – 1850.
•Conditions were unsanitary.
•Hundreds of humans were packed on board.
•Thousands died in transit from disease or suicide.
During
transportation
the slaves
were chained
together by
their hands
and feet.
 Many were crippled for life as a
consequence of their confinement
onboard the slave ships.

What is this poem trying to tell
us about slavery?
• Look again at the list of objects that
you made earlier. What do you
notice?
• Is the language used positive or
negative?
Limbo Stick

‘down down down’ ‘up up up’


T S L
The Strongest Link
Theme Structure Language

Theme means what the


Theme poem is about, what mood
and ideas it presents.

Structu Langua
Structure means how the
re
poet organises or sets out
the poem to make the
ge
Language means what
words the poet uses to
Rhythm & Patterns
• How many times is ‘Limbo, Limbo like me’
repeated?
• What else is repeated?

• Now listen to the poem over a steady


beat.
– Why do you think the poet might have
written it like this?
– What could it remind us of about
Which of these words could you use to
describe the structure of the poem? Would
you use the same words all the way
through or does it change?
• Organised • Disorganis T h e m o o d is m a in ly
• Patterned ed n e g a tive b u t
• Controlled • Chaotic to w a rd s th e e n d it
b e co m e s slig h tly
• Repetitive • Free
p o sitive . T h e p o e m
• Split into • Messy sh o w s th a t sla ve ry
sections • Jumbled is a b a d th in g .
up
p o e t o rg a n ise•d th e p o e m i
H o w d o•e s it lin k to th e th e m e ?
By the end of the lesson ...
• I will be able to make links between a
poem and its context.
• I will have practised thinking and
writing about structure.

T S L
The Strongest Link
Theme Structure Language

Theme means what the


Theme poem is about, what mood
and ideas it presents.

Structu Langua
Structure means how the
re
poet organises or sets out
the poem to make the
ge
Language means what
words the poet uses to

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