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Checking Out Me HistoryKeyLanguage: connotation, imagery, metaphor, simileStructure and form: stanzas, type, patterns, contrast, juxtapositionPoetic methods: alliteration, caesura, assonance, rhythm, rhymeCharacter and voice: who is speaking and to whom? Tone of voiceLinks: comparisons to other speakers, methods and themes Dem tell me Dialect reinforces a sense Dem tell me of pride in his culture. Wha dem want to tell me Bandage up me eye with me won history Vague and dismissive comment Blind me to me own identity implies that he sees these stories as Dem tell me about 1066 and all dat insignificant in dem tell me bout Dick Whittington and he cat comparison to his but Toussaint L’Ouverture own. no dem never tell me bout dat Toussaint Verse and chorus form Emphasises pride he feels in mirrors a song placing a slave his nation’s history. the characters in the with vision status of legends. lick back Napoleon battalion and first Black Rhyme is reminiscent of Republic born nursery and shows that he feels it deserves same status andMetaphor – light Toussaint de thorn popularity.represents truth and hope to de Frenchfor his own nation’s place Toussaint de beaconin history. of de Haitian Revolution Even children’s stories given Dem tell me bout de man who discover de balloon precedence and de cow who jump over de moon highlights extent of Dem tell me bout de dish ran away with de spoon cultural ignorance. but dem never tell me bout Nanny de maroon Nanny Images of nature used to see-far woman reinforce adventurous and of mountain dream exciting deeds done by fire-woman struggle the heroes of ‘his’ history.
hopeful stream to freedom river Question serves as an accusation of neglecting Dem tell me bout Lord Nelson and Waterloo to mention great figures but dem never tell bout Shaka de great Zulu when teaching history Dem tell me bout Columbus and 1492 but what happens to de Caribs and De Arawaks tooJuxtaposition of Dem tell me bout Florence Nightingale and she lampreal and fictional and how Robin Hood used to campheroes Dem tell me bout old King Cole was a merry ole soulemphasises but dem never tell me bout Mary Seacolediscrepancies inthe teaching ofhistory. From Jamaica she travels far to the Crimean War she volunteer to go and even when de British said no she still brave the Russian snow a healing star among the wounded Images that are reliable and steadfast show how Mary a yellow sunrise Seacole was a ‘rock’ to those to the dying she treated. 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. An attempt to make personal heroes gain some recognition.