On Being Brought from Africa to America

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

In Phillis Wheatley's poem "On Being Brought from Africa to America," a somewhat surprising argument is laid out with a logical rigor characteristic of the Enlightenment, in the space of a mere...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019, 6:23 am (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

These poems both share a common theme of black experience in the United States, and in both poems, there is evidence that the speaker has suffered racism. Wheatley refers to the "scornful" looks...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2018, 9:27 am (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

The poem, "On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Wheatly is very brief yet full of meaning. First of all, it is written in heroic couplets, which means it has rhyming lines in iambic...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017, 2:49 pm (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Yes, I agree with Madgett that elements of Wheatley's poem question whether it's worthwhile to accept Western culture. For example, the author's race is referred to, in an alliterative line, as "a...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019, 1:36 am (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Wheatley's poetry as a whole is expressive of her Christianity and devout religious feeling. Often she speaks of death, as in "A Funeral Poem on the Death of C.E., an Infant of Twelve Months," "To...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018, 2:24 pm (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

The meter of this poem is straightforward. Wheatley writes in iambic pentameter, and her poem is an octave, or set of four couplets. The eight lines rhyme in aabbaabb fashion. In this way, she...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017, 10:48 am (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Phillis Wheatley's "On Being Brought from Africa to America" gives a justification for slavery which was very common in the eighteenth century, though it is more often heard from slave owners than...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2020, 11:48 pm (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Wheatley's choice of heroic couplets in "On Being Brought from Africa to America" helps to underscore the poem's key message—that black people (with Wheatley herself as an example) are not hopeless...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020, 3:21 pm (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

In Phillis Wheatley's poem, "On Being Brought from Africa to America," the speaker considers her voyage to America a blessing or an act of mercy. This is strange considering she was brought here to...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2011, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Wheatley conceptualizes her conversion to Christianity—which has resulted from her enslavement—in positive terms. Like the white slave-owning establishment of the time, she herself apparently sees...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019, 7:04 am (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Phillis Wheatley has angered radical black critics for her supposed inability to take a decisive stand against slavery. According to these critics, Wheatley's repeated identification with Christian...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010, 12:03 am (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

On Being Brought from Africa to America BY Phyllis Wheatley 'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too: Once I...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Phillis Wheatley's poem "On Being Brought from Africa to America" would have the same message if it were written in free verse, but the tone might change and the central idea may be more...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Phyllis Wheatley's 1773 poem "On Being Brought from Africa to America" was written a time when the debate about slavery was heating up in the United States and Great Britain. This was the year, for...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020, 4:01 am (UTC)

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On Being Brought from Africa to America

Wheatley demonstrates a profound grasp of the precarious balance that artists like herself faced in their writing. On one hand, they had a strong message about what it was to be Black in a White...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2012, 2:18 am (UTC)

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