Comparing and contrasting Limbo with Nothing’s changed
I will be comparing and contrasting Limbo with Nothing’s Changed. I will be describing how both poems explain the blacks and those being slaves to the whites even though they are in their own country.
Limbo is about a slave ship taking them to the Caribbean to be slaves to the whites. I know this because it says “the ship like it ready”. This means that the voyage has started for them to the Caribbean. The effect on the reader could be sad because they are taking from their home and family to be forced slave in another country for the whites.
However in Nothing’s Changed it’s about a black man returning home to find his ‘home’ is now a wasteland, and in the poem it shows his anger towards the whites, because they have taken over and while they live in high standards they are not. I know this because it says “mean mouth”. This shows that he wants to say stuff, but he knows he just can’t. The effect on the reader could be anger, because they get treated like slaves in their own country.
Both poems are similar, because both poems explain the way black people are treated. In Limbo, they are forced to move to be slaves and the poem is based on the journey in the slave ship. I know this because it says in Limbo “Long dark deck and the water surrounding me”. This shows that their journey is uncomfortable and they are surrounded by water which means they are in the lowest deck of the ship just about half way of the journey.
Also in Nothing’s Changed the black people are treated bad as the whites are racist to the blacks. I know this because it says “whites only inn”. This shows how racist they can be by putting up signs in most places to know they are not wanted usually to the luxury places. The effect on the reader could be thinking as even though Nelson Mandela took over the country, “Nothing’s changed”.
Both poems are also different, for example in Limbo they get whipped by the whites. I know this because it says “stick hit sound” stick meaning the whip. This shows that they were whipped on the journey to the Caribbean. The effect on the reader could be disgusted as they whip them and make them suffer.
However in Nothing’s Changed the whites react by trashing their homeland. I know this because it says “cuffs, cans and crunch”. This shows that their homeland is now a wasteland. The effect on the reader could be shocked as they use their home as bins.
In conclusion, both poets have used two different methods to slave the blacks either by force enslaving them or trashing their homes and being racist.