How Does Blake in ‘London’ And Agard In ‘Checking Out Me History’ Present Ideas About Anger And Oppression?


Both Agard In 'checking out me history' and Blake In 'London express their anger and fury deriving from those ascending in power and their desires for control and supremacy over the people in 'London' and the British education system in Checking out my history. Due to their position and role in society. Blake's poem is filled with emotional, physical and physiological pain and suffering and how social and moral change during the late 18th century was impossible. Whereas Agard in 'Checking out me history' explores and acknowledges his roots, culture, and background throughout time and history and gives a solution despite the rejection of the British educational system.


In Checking out me history the narrator is resentful and aggravated through the repetition of 'dem tell me'. Agard use of Carribean dialect is conveying his recognition towards his afro Caribbean culture and therefore he is detaching himself from the group in the poem also you could consider Agard as a radical and rebellious voice who is determined to find a solution for the oppression and isolation of black history. Which the government who administer and control the education system failed to include this could also show the lack of multicultural diversity in education. Consequently, Agard is criticizing the desire of advancement of human control even in knowledge due to the government high authority in society and in the system. It shows the lack of  justice towards revolutionary figures in black history who deserve a memorable position in today's modern society for their vision of independence,hope, and liberty from the oppression of white supremacy. Overall this highlights the despair and pain of the repressed to emphasize their suffering and how their suffering lead to a revolutionary and social change for the betterment of others. 


Similarly Blake uses of the repetition of the adjective ‘chartered’. When Blake wrote this poem large amounts of public land was being privatised and sold of to individuals and was known as chattering and therefore this process which represents capitalism and business was be extremely lucrative and prosperous to accumulate wealth. This shows a sense of ownership as the ‘streets and Thames were chartered’ as high power from the top of the hierarchical society in the late 18th century were controlled even the ‘Thames’. In addition the ‘thames’ symbolizes nature and the streams show they flow freely. Despite nature power is eternal and omnipotent that is beyond man. Those who lust and yearn for power even control the liberty of the waters and of nature. Also the thames were a source of livelihood as those dwelling in impoverishment depended on the thames so those in power can have dominance and control over every aspect of the citizens of london’s lives. And this human desire to restrict others was viewed as the ultimate strength over people. Blake’s uses this to show his anger towards greed and abuse of human nature and their control. 


The use of nature is also similar in the poem ‘London’ as he


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