Checking out me history - john agard posted on 18/12/2014 by robert johnson i have long been a fan of john agard's poetry [somewhere i have my own half caste poem done from a yorkshireman's point of view flat caps and all] and when i saw this in the list today it made my heart jump and my mouth smile that smile that tells me i am going. Checking out me history john agard aqa english literature paper 2 section b-conflict and power poetry 2 • john agard is a poet originally from guyana in south america, near the caribbean. Checking out me history brief notes about the poem agard is pointing out how in the english curriculum students only seem to learn about white people because he.
Yet whether agard is impassionedly 'checking out me history', lambasting those educators who tell me bout 1066 and all dat yet ignore caribbean heritage, or elsewhere finding 'thirteen ways of looking at the old tie' à la wallace stevens (an icon of eton / worn even with the heat on a signifying signpost / to the nearest pubic station. Checking out me history - free download as pdf file (pdf), text file (txt) or read online for free scribd is the world's largest social reading and publishing site search search. Aly & fila play 'take me away (darren porter remix)' (live at transmission australia 2017) - duration: 2:19 transmission festival recommended for you.
This is a powerpoint used to revise the poem quickly near to the exams but elements of it could be used in the initial teaching stages checking out me history. In terms of meaning, checking out me history is a fairly straightforward poem the voice is the most unique element, but it is filled with rich historic context that makes up the bulk of the poem's story, which is, in large part, a colonial story on both sides of the british-colonial story are figures who's contributions to their. John agard: checking out me history subject this poem makes us look at the way history is taught agard had a follow a history curriculum biased towards whites, especially british white's.
A performance of the poem, 'checking out me history',by the poet john agard, in a secondary school setting. Here is an analysis of the poem half-caste by john agard agard is a versatile writer known for his poems, short stories, children's literature, drama, and nonfiction agard is a versatile writer known for his poems, short stories, children's literature, drama, and nonfiction. Poet john agard describes the process of writing his poem 'checking out me history' he explores where the ideas behind the poem came from his commentary is illustrated with school scenes and his. Checking out me history poem essay topics poem out topics checking history me essay ahs offers utah families an lds classzone book finder the purdue essay written by student university online writing lab serves writers from. The poem explains how only british history and culture has been taught, so the speaker is 'checking out' caribbean history for himself there is a clear sense that the speaker's history and identity have been deliberately withheld from him, presented through the metaphors in the second stanza.
Checking out me history dem tell me dem tell me wha dem want to tell me bandage up me eye with me own history blind me to my own identity dem tell me bout 1066 and all dat dem tell me bout dick whittington and he cat but touissant l'ouverture no dem never tell me bout dat. John agard was born 1949 in british guyana, now called guyana, in the caribbean he moved to the uk in the late 1970s and began his involvement in educating adults and children about the caribbean. Checking out me history is a poem about a caribbean man's frustration at the teaching of history- he believes that he is only taught about white historical figures and argues that some important black icons are neglected. Alongside 'checking out me history' you could read 'the ascent of john edmonstone', agard's poem about a man who was a 'freed black slave who taught darwin taxidermy at edinburgh' in 1826.
Start studying power and conflict poetry - checking out me history (quotes) learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. About checking out me history john agard was born in british guiana, now called guyana, in the caribbean, in 1949 he uses non-standard phonetic spelling to represent his accent and mixes. A secondary school revision resource for gcse english literature about john agard's poem, checking out me history. Dem tell me dem tell me wha dem want to tell me but now i checking out me own history i carving out me identity interpretations of the poem: a man showing patriotism and national pride an accusation that the west's influence on the teaching of history is an injustice.
Checking out me history dem tell me dem tell me wha dem want to tell me bandage up me eye with me own history blind me to my own identity dem tell me bout 1066 and. Dem tell dem tell me wha dem want to tell me but now i checking out me own history i carving out me identity now that he knows about toussaint nanny de maroon and mary seacole he feels he is able to understand something about the culture he comes from here the second line highlights how angry agard is.
Power and conflict poetry 2 checking out me history human history and mythology therefore already deeply influenced his. A performance of the poem, 'checking out me history' by the poet john agard, in a secondary school setting this is from the series: poets in person. Comparison checking out me history both poems use non-standard spelling to suggest an accent for the voice of the narrator these narrators both bring the voices of others into their poetry - in. His poems half caste and checking out me history have been featured in the aqa english gcse anthology since 2002, meaning that many students (aged 14-16) have studied his work for their gcse english qualifications.