What neoclassical influences can be found in Phillis Wheatley’s subjects and styles?
How does Wheatley use classical mythology in her poetry?
What statements about Christian faith does Wheatley make in her poetry?
What statements does Wheatley’s poetry make about the responsibilities of an artist?
Who was the audience for Wheatley’s poetry—white colonists or her fellow slaves?
How would you explain Wheatley not strongly opposing slavery in her poems?
In which poems does Wheatley draw attention to her being African? What is her purpose in doing so?
Compare three or more of Wheatley’s elegies. Is there a pattern in the poems? Identify and discuss it.