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Checking Out Me History - Context (5)

- John Agard was born in Guyana, a Caribbean country in South America, and moved to Britain in 1977
- His poetry often examines cultures and identities


What is Checking Out Me History about? (4)

- The narrator is talking about his


Comparison points - Form similarities

- Dramatic monologue - First person narrator speaks passionately about suffering seen/endured


Comparison points - Form COMH

- Different stanza forms
Humorous British history: quatrains, regular, mirrors restrictive education
Serious details about heroic Caribbean figures: italics, short lines slow pace of poem, forcing listener to pay attention


Comparison points - Form London

- ABAB rhyme scheme
- It’s unbroken and seems to echo the relentless misery of the city