Notes - Checkin Out Me History

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Checkin Out Me History
Theme/Id Evidence from poem
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The 'Dem tell me wha dem want to tell me'
speaker is 'Blind me to me own identity'
angry that 'No dem never tell me bout dat'
Black
culture
and
history
have
been
neglected
.
The 'Bout Dick Whittington and he cat'
speaker 'And de cow who jump over de moon'
implies
that the
history he
has been
taught is
fiction.
The poem 'Dem tell me bout de dish ran away with
makes de spoon'
clear that (reference to young children's tales)
cultural
transmissi
on starts
at a very
early age.
The poet 'But now i checking out me own history'
values the 'And even when de British said no, she still
qualities brave the Russian snow'
of
independ
ence and
courage.
The poet 'Dem tell me bout ole King Cole was a
is careful merry old soul'
to use
humour to
make his
point in a
non-threa
tening
way.

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The poem 'Dem tell me bout Lord Nelson and
suggests Waterloo'
that the
process
of
education
involves
passive
people
being
bombard
ed with
informati
on by
those in
authority.
The poem 'Toussaint de thorn to de French'
can be 'Nanny see far woman of mountain dream'
interpret 'A yellow sunrise to the dying'
ed as
encouragi
ng to
self-emp
owermen
t and
pride in
one's
culture.…read more

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Th
er
e is
a
str
on
g
se
ns
e
of
re
pe
titi
on,
rhy
th
m
an
d
rhy
me
.…read more

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Th
e
po
et
alt
ern
ate
s
be
tw
ee
n
his
tor
ical
fig
ure
s
fro
m
bla
ck
an
d
cul
tur
e-
em…read more

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Ph
on
eti
c
lan
gu
ag
e
em
ph
asi
se
the
po
et'
s
ow
n
Car
ibb
ea
n
cul
tur
e.…read more

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De
m
tell
me
'
Me
tap
hor
s-
'Ba
nd
ag
e
up
me
ey
e
wit
h
me
ow
n
his
tor…read more

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Rh
ym
e
sh
ow
s
the
im
po
rta
nc
e
of
ora
l
co
m
mu
nic
ati
on
Feelings Th
e
po
et
is
an
gry
be
cau
se
the
ed
uca
tio
n
sys
te
m
has
sto
pp
ed
hi
m…read more

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He
res
pe
cts
the
pe
opl
e
he
de
scri
be
s in
the
po
em
;
he
cel
eb
rat
es
the
ir
ach
iev
em
ent
s
an
d
wa
nts
us
to
kn
ow
ab
out
the…read more

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At
the
en
d
of
the
po
em
his
fe
eli
ng
s
be
co
me
mo
re
po
siti
ve
-
he
say
s
he
will
em
bra
ce
his
ide
ntit
y.
P= Poetic Metaphor - 'bandage up me
Technique eye', 'healing star'
s Imagery - lots of images of
being blind as well as positive
images of light and illumination.
Rhyme - 'dat' and 'cat' makes
white history seem amusing.…read more

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