Compare how Agard creates character and voice (identity) in 'Checking out me History' with one other poem
The poems “Checking out Me History” and “Case History: Alison” both use many different techniques and linguistic features in order to present their characters and form an identity. “Case History: Alison” relies mostly on the tone set in the poem to convey its characters’ attitude and message, whereas the poem “Checking out me history”, consists of more structural techniques and the unique dialect featured to put across its own characters’ different views and ideas. The rather ambiguous tone that “Case History: Alison” suggests the confused emotion in the poem. Alison is happy about her past life and who she used to be; “a bright girl she was”, but she regrets what has happened and who she has become; “shall never get over what I do not remember.”, These two juxtaposed feelings of reminiscence and regret suggest that Fanthorpe is in fact presenting two characters in the poem instead of one and why they contrast so much. It also helps form an identity by the confused and uncertain voice and the helplessness of character after the “injury”.
However, the use of dialect in “Checking out Me History” ,suggests to us that the central character in this poem is very proud of his culture and his roots which along with his dialect have fitted together to become a huge part of his identity and distinguishes him as an individual. It also implies that he is not willing to change in order to conform to society. The lack of punctuation grabs our attention as not just a way in which the character has chosen to “rebel” but instead, as a representation of the fact that a poem without punctuation is just like written history without black people; incomplete. This implies that the character feels that black people are just as important to history as punctuation is to a piece of writing.
The poems mutually employ metaphors and similes to help stage their central...