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Compare the Language in 'Checking Out Me History' and 'London'

In this worksheet, students will identify the language techniques used in both 'Checking Out Me History' and 'London' explain their effect on the reader.

'Compare the Language in 'Checking Out Me History' and 'London' ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'Checking Out Me History'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'Checking Out Me History' by John Agard and  'London' by William Blake. Both poems can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your anthology.


Both Checking Out Me History and London are poems that express the poet's anger towards the misuse of power by those with authority, but the main difference is that while Agard shows a solution, Blake does not, showing how they have different viewpoints on the possibility of change. Both poems create a sense of unfairness to those who are less powerful or wealthy and show that the place where you live can have a huge impact on your happiness. 

In the following questions, you will look at the language techniques used in both poems.


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You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples.  These quotations are for reference only.

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