The title of the poem, You Laughed and Laughed and Laughed by Gabriel Okara, has a very strong significance on why it is the way it is. Mainly, the speaker in this poem is stating many things that they do in their culture and is trying to show their traditions. However, some other person watching, from a different culture, just harshly laughs and laughs and laughs at them. Stanza three says, “You laughed at my song/ you laughed at my walk” (9-10). Stanza four says, “Then I danced my magic dance/ to the rhythm of talking drum pleading, but you shut your/ eyes and laughed and laughed and laughed” (11-13). The author proves with those two stanzas that no matter what they did, or how hard they tried at something, this certain person just laughed at them. They criticized their culture, showing no respect and just being flat out rude. The title of the poem couldn’t have been written any simpler, or have any more of a literal meaning on how it relates to the story.
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